Entitled Gotti, the film was set to be released by Lionsgate in America, who scheduled a December unveiling for the project, ahead of it getting a video on demand slot. On Wednesday, Travolta called the reports that his movie was abruptly pulled "grossly wrong". However, John Travolta, the film's star, spoke to Deadline a day after the news broke to clarify that it was ultimately his decision not to run with Lionsgate.
"Ed is a fan of mine and of the Gotti story and really wanted to see the movie".
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films bought back the rights to Gotti, having produced it with Highland Film Group and Fiore Films.
"That is the simple explanation for this". Lionsgate meant to give it a "minimal release".
Travolta then revealed that Lionsgate said "no" twice but eventually let it go after he begged them.
Travolta says the deal to buy the film from Lionsgate Premiere occurred three weeks ago, which would mean the film was hardly dropped from the calendar 10 days ahead of a release by Lionsgate. It's all pure speculation though as there has been no official news on anything related to the matter, though if there is, we will likely hear so soon. The plan is now to give the movie a much wider release in the new year than it otherwise would have had.
Travolta, 63, plays the famous mobster alongside his wife Kelly Preston as Victoria Gotti and Stacy Keach as Aniello Dellacroce. The film was directed by "Entourage" star Kevin Connolly from a script co-written by Lem Dobbs and Leo Rossi and has already generated a lot of interest. The jury continued to debated charges that Gotti ordered the assault on John F. Connor, former vice president of Carpenters Union Local 608.
Mafia stories are normally a huge victor for both critics and cinema-goers, but it seems even this genre can't resurrect Travolta's career. Travolta told Deadline that his portrayal would dig into why a violent man became a sort of folk hero. "I learned quite a bit about the family, the mafia and how things worked in that world".