Sunday, May 26, 2024

Exclusive: “Gotti” Movie May Be Made After All (No Kidding)


Exclusive: it’s not over til the fat lady sings. And that’s the story “Gotti,” to be directed by Barry Levinson, with John Travolta and Al Pacino starring, and James Toback having re-penned the screenplay. Readers of this column know that “Gotti” has collapsed a couple of times. Its nominal producer Marc Fiore, was revealed her as Marco Fiore, a graduate of Allenwood State Penitentiary and primary figure in a Boiler Room scheme on Wall Street.

But I am told that producer Ted Field– a real producer with a proven track record– may at last have the money to make “Gotti.” And his Radar Pictures is looking for Winter 2013 start date. Fiore will not be part of the project, although there’s no doubt his name will linger on prints and DVDs as “producer” for all eternity. I actually met the person who could be the financier, a name fairly unknown in these parts, but with enough of a background perhaps to make this all happen.

Someone call Travolta and tell him to hit the treadmill. Game on. Maybe.

Read the real story of why the “Gotti” Movie fell apart here:

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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