Saturday, June 15, 2024

Cannes 2018 Exclusive: “Star Wars” vs. The Mob as “Solo” Will Debut Opposite John Travolta in John Gotti Pic


Most Cannes-philes are excited because “Solo: A Star Wars Story” will premiere on Tuesday, May 15th at the Palais des Festivals.

But there’s another premiere on May 15th, also out of competition, but certainly of much interest. That will be John Travolta in “Gotti,” the story of fabled mobster John Gotti Sr. directed by Kevin Connolly and finally ready for its close up.

“Gotti,” a movie with a roller coaster history, will be released by Vertical Entertainment on June 15th. Vertical isn’t exactly Lions Gate, which was going to release “Gotti.” They specialize in B films and video on demand.

In Cannes there will some kind of celebratory screening, with Travolta, Connolly, and others involved with the film. The hope is that John Gotti, Jr.– who has endorsed, produced and shepherded the project– will be able to travel to France to be part of the festivities.

At this point, “Gotti” is several years in the making. Its producer, Marc Fiore, got in over his head but eventually — after many producers, directors, and writers came and went– Emmett/Furla Films made it. There are currently  a record 44 producers listed on the imdb. The screen crawl for all those people could be a DVD extra!

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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