John Travolta pulled upcoming 'Gotti' movie from Lionsgate to get wider release

Lionsgate Drops John Travolta's Mob Drama “Gotti,” Sells Film Back to Producers (Exclusive)

One of the film's executive producers, Keya Morgan, tells TMZ the "Gotti" project was originally supposed to be distributed by Lionsgate Premiere. a branch of the company that handles smaller, niche releases.

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.

On Tuesday afternoon, reports emerged that a biopic of mobster John Gotti starring John Travolta was being dropped by its distributor, Lionsgate, just 10 days before its planned release. It wasn't dropped. It wasn't easy to get Lionsgate to give it up. As it turns out, Travolta wasn't happy with the limited release that Lionsgate was planning for the movie. 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.

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Filming "The Life and Death of John Gotti", John Travolta on set with actors Leo Rossi (l) and Chris Kerson (r) on Bath Avenue and 17th Avenue in Bensonhurst Bklyn February 21, 2017. Our mistake was we should have said something right then, and discussed our plan for the film.

The film, directed by former Entourage co-star Kevin Connolly, stars Travolta as Gotti, the flamboyant and powerful "Teflon Don" who dominated New York's mafia scene in the 1970s and '80s and triumphed in a series of trials before he was finally sent to prison in 1992; he died in 2003. Travolta said there was "something humane" about Gotti, and that the theme of the movie is how a leader acts when fronting an organization which is expected to behave ostentatiously. "We didn't anticipate this speculation that is so grossly wrong", he told the outlet. "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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