Saturday, April 20, 2024

John Travolta “Gotti” Movie, with 38 Producers Listed, Sleeps with the Fishes as Lions Gate Sells it Back to Its Producers


The “Gotti” movie again sleeps with the fishes.

Lions Gate has sold the John Travolta biopic directed by Kevin Connolly back to its producers and investors. The movie lists 38 names as producers of various levels.

Last week Lions Gate dropped “Gotti” from the December schedule. It’s said to be quite awful.  Travolta’s wife, Kelly Preston, and daughter, Ella Bleu Travolta, co-star with him.

Emmett Furla/Oasis, Highland Pictures and Fiore Films are the listed companies. Marc Fiore, an ex con with ties to the mob, runs the latter outfit. The movie is his labor of love. His brother, Thomas Fiore, indicted years ago with connections to the Bonnano family, is also a producer. So is Fay Devlin.

“Gotti” has a long and colorful history that includes gypsies, tramps and thieves, so to speak. One former player in it gave me a long interview in 2011, then was was indicted for fraud in a $4.6 million money laundering scheme. (As they say, doesn’t make him a bad guy!) Will we ever see it? Maybe on VOD. Or if someone makes us an offer we can’t refuse!


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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