Monday, 11 December, 2017

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

Lionsgate Drops John Travolta's Mob Drama “Gotti,” Sells Film Back to Producers (Exclusive) John Travolta's 'Gotti' Biopic Gets Whacked By Lionsgate 10 Days Before Its Release
Edmund Wade | 07 December, 2017, 01:25

"Unfortunately, the reports were speculation bordering on fake news", the actor told Deadline. "I invited his group, they saw it and bought it", Travolta said.

"I've been struggling for the past few weeks with John, and Phil Glasser, to put this deal together with Lionsgate, which wasn't initially ready to give it up", Walson said. And he strenuously denied that Lionsgate had made a decision to back out of releasing the film out of concern for Travolta's long-standing ties to the Church of Scientology or recently unearthed accusations of sexual misconduct. There may be a simple explanation for that, as an outside investor reportedly financially backed the film for a wide release, and it's unclear exactly when they did that. Lionsgate meant to give it a "minimal release".

The film has been sold back to its producers and its release has been push back until 2018.

"All these reports are saying the studio "dropped" Gotti and John Travolta, that's 100 percent false", says the film's executive producer Keya Morgan. John said he "begged" them to reconsider and finally they "generously" let it go.

The film apparently had a buy back clause included so the producers could choose to purchase rights to the film from Lionsgate.

Lionsgate Premiere had been set to release the gangster film Gotti on December 15th, but news emerged on Tuesday (December 5th) via industry-monitoring website Tracking Board that the film would no longer be released and that the rights had reverted back to the movie's producers.

Lionsgate have pulled the plug on their upcoming John Gotti biopic starring John Travolta. The project took several years to find funding, with several financiers having dropped out along the way.

Travolta also opened up to the publication about his latest role, one he calls "one of his better performances" and how he approached playing the iconic mobster. "We are hoping to take this movie to Cannes; it's a movie star film that deserves the glitter of Cannes, and then a wide release shortly thereafter".

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