EXCLUSIVE: John Travolta told Deadline he is upset that fast-spreading news reports twisted the truth as Lionsgate pulled his upcoming film Gotti off its release calendar 10 days before its bow. He worried the reports marginalized what he considers one of his better performances as the iconic Gambino crime family head John Gotti in the Kevin Connolly-directed film. Given how the subject matter lends itself to phrases from mob movies, it’s easy to see how the blogosphere might speculate this film would, well, sleep with the fishes. The truth is far different, Travolta said.
The move is back on track and set for production in January 2015. After many false alarms, the movie is confirmed and announced. Kevin Connolly is set to direct the movie with John Travolta playing John Gotti Sr. The movie will be financed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Fiore Films and Herrick Entertainment. It will be premiered by Lionsgate through a multi-picture deal with E/F/O.
Son of the Dapper Don tells Daily Mail Online that claims he helped the FBI are untrue and that he could never bring himself to turn informer.
Former Gambino enforcer John Alite has made the claims in a new book, saying FBI documents show Gotti Jr co-operated
Gotti agrees he met the FBI and does not deny talking to them but says he was plotting revenge on his enemies and has now walked away from ‘The Life’
He says of ‘ratting’: ‘It made me sick to my stomach. I have a son called John Gotti, how could I? How could I do that to him?’
John Travolta is to play Dapper Don in movie and will even wear his ties and drive his car to look the part
By LAURA COLLINS FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
In the first half, investigative reporter Peter Lance along with John A. Gotti, the son of the infamous mob boss, discussed the true story behind the Gotti crime family and how Gotti’s attempts to leave the mob life and raise a normal family were repeatedly hindered by the Justice Department. Gotti was motivated to tell his own story and that of his father’s after numerous others, including journalists and government informants were publishing or about to publish accounts about the Gottis. According to law enforcement claims, Gotti served as the boss of the Gambino crime family from 1992 to 1999 after his father John J. Gotti was sent to prison. Gotti Jr. spent 77 months in a series of federal prisons after pleading guilty to racketeering charges and was released in 2005, and faced four additional racketeering trials, all which ended in mistrials.
Lance, who wrote the foreward to Gotti’s book, was given access to his files and became convinced that the Feds mistreated and hounded him after he’d already served time. He was impressed that Gotti Jr. steadfastly refused to testify against anyone “in the life” even though he himself had dropped out of the crime family. Gotti Jr. recounted tales of his father, who died in prison at age 61. Known as the “The Dapper Don,” he was said to have a genius IQ and never revealed the nature of his business to his family when they were growing up.
For four decades the name Gotti has been synonymous with organized crime in the minds of the public, who were told stories about them with varying degrees of accuracy. But now in “Shadow of My Father,” the real story of the King of the Volcano is revealed for the first time. John A. Gotti, who survived four trials and a parole violation hearing, in four years, without a guilty verdict, now takes up his pen to tell the story of his father’s unwavering dedication to the street, and how, as his son, he entered that life, and then, with his father’s permission, left the life of crime, and put the “Family” behind him to live a legitimate life with his real family. It is a saga of betrayal and redemption, and an insider’s view of how, at times, those who are tasked with upholding the law readily broke it to further their career