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28 July 2011

Gotti movie starring Travolta slated to shoot in January - 28th July 2011

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Preproduction begins in September.

The movie stars John Travolta, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Kelly Preston. Barry Levinson is directing.

Producers expect to announce the casting of John Gotti Jr. within the next few weeks.

Producer Marc Fiore has said in the past that he signed a two-picture deal with Lindsay Lohan, but Lohan and producers have not completed an agreement for "Gotti."

Fiore Films acquired the life rights from John Gotti Jr. -- son of the late head of the Gambino crime family. The movie is the first motion picture that has the cooperation of a member of the Gotti family.

According to Fiore Films, the movie "reveals the relationship of a father who lived and died by the mob code and a son who chose to leave that world behind and redeem himself."

The film will reveal the relationship of a father who lived and died by the mob code and a son who, while brought up to lead a life of crime, chose to leave that world behind and redeem himself and the Gotti name. Never before has there been such an inside look at the Gotti family and their world of danger, betrayal and redemption. John Gotti was head of the Gambino crime family, which in its time was the largest and most powerful crime organization in the country. Known as the "Dapper Don," John Gotti's flamboyant style and outspoken personality made him one of the most famous mobsters of the 20th century and he ruled the underworld until he died from cancer in 2002 while serving a life sentence. In 1988, at the age of 24, Gotti Jr. became a "made man," and was officially inducted into the Mafia, making him the heir-apparent to head the Gambino crime family and follow in his father's footsteps...

Cast...

Al Pacino: Aniello Dellacroce

John Travolta: John Gotti Sr.

Lindsay Lohan: Kim Gotti

Joe Pesci: Angelo Ruggiero

Kelly Preston: Victoria Gotti

Ella Bleu Travolta: Angel Gotti

Alicia Vikander: Kim Gotti


Joe Pesci suing makers of John Gotti biopic for $3 million...

Actor Joe Pesci is suing Fiore Films, the production company behind the John Gotti biopic Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father, for $3 million, reports the Associated Press. The suit alleges that the company used Pesci’s name to drum up interest in the project, only to rescind an offer for Pesci to play Gotti enforcer and childhood friend Angelo Ruggiero. The 68-year-old actor also claims he gained 30 pounds for the role. John Travolta is attached to play the title role of the notorious New York mobster in the film, which is set to start production in January with director Barry Levinson. Other confirmed stars include Al Pacino, Lindsay Lohan, and Kelly Preston. Levinson and James Toback (who penned Levinson’s 1991 gangster film Bugsy) are writing the screenplay. UPDATE: When reached by the AP, Mike Fiore, CEO of Fiore Films, claimed it was Pesci who had pulled out of the project, when the original director, Nick Cassavetes, left the film in April. Pesci, contends Fiore, said he would not return until Cassavetes was replaced, and then rebuffed attempts by Levinson to reach out to him. “Before we had a deal, Mr. Pesci walked away,” says Fiore, who also contends he’s considering countersuing Pesci. “He’s wasting his time and everybody else’s time. I might be a newbie in town. This newbie is not going to get bulled around.”

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