Lionsgate Drops John Travolta's Mob Drama "Gotti", Sells Film Back to Producers

Lionsgate Drops John Travolta's Mob Drama

John Travolta isn't pleased that Lionsgate pulled his next film, Gotti, from its release. But because the movie was only set to receive a relatively tiny theatrical release via the studio's Lionsgate Premiere division (through which its genre films and day-and-date titles are typically distributed), its producers exercised a buy-back clause in the distribution contract, intent on getting the movie to a wider multiplex audience and giving it an awards-season push. About three weeks ago, Travolta claims to have personally sought out a new financier: Edward Walson, a producer of Broadway plays who's also backed such films as Woody Allen's Café Society and Wonder Wheel.

The speculation Travolta might be referring to is Twitter's reaction to the news that the film had suddenly been dropped, questioning if the actor might be joining the ranks of countless male celebrities who have recently been met with assault and harassment allegations, leading many to be dumped from their respective projects (ex. Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K.). Lionsgate meant to give it a "minimal release".

That "Gotti" biopic with John Travolta you were planning to see next week? "I invited his group, they saw it and bought it". The film costars Travolta's wife Kelly Preston as Victoria Gotti, the mob wife-turned gossip columnist and reality star as well as William DeMeo as Sammy "Bull" Gravano, the mob underboss who ultimately turned on Gotti. Our mistake was we should have said something right then, and discussed our plan for the film. "We didn't anticipate this speculation that is so grossly wrong", he told the outlet.

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A rep for Travolta confirmed the Deadline report to the Daily News and stated that they are closing in on a deal witha distributor, but couldn't reveal details at this time. The jury continued to debated charges that Gotti ordered the assault on John F. Connor, former vice president of Carpenters Union Local 608.

"It's a bold move", she continued.

Representatives for Travolta and Connolly did not return EW's request for comment.

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