John Travolta In ‚ÄúSerious Talks‚ÄĚ To Play John Gotti In Upcoming Biopic Directed By Nick Cassavetes
James Franco Sent Script But ‚ÄúNo Plans‚ÄĚ For Him To Join The Film
By Kevin Jagernauth
Movement continues on a gestating biopic of famed mobster John Gotti Sr. Earlier this year it was revealed that John Gotti Jr. was going to spill details about his life with his father, the notorious John Gotti Sr. (head of the Gambino crime family), for feature film, documentary and book projects. The feature film looks to be the first project with any steam behind it as in December, Nick Cassavetes became attached to direct. And if the producer behind the film Marc Fiore‚ÄĒwho is given to a bit of hyperbole‚ÄĒis to be believe, a big actor is eying the lead role.
John Travolta is apparently in ‚Äúserious talks‚ÄĚ to take on the lead role with Fiore breathlessly telling EW, ‚ÄúWe would love to have him. He‚Äôs a terrific actor. John Gotti, Sr. ‚ÄĒ he‚Äôs an icon. And so is Travolta ‚Ä¶ The Gottis have an image already. People know who they are. You can‚Äôt just be a good actor, you have to be a great actor who can become John Gotti.‚ÄĚ But we would take things with a grain of salt.
Fiore also told EW that he was in ‚Äúvery preliminary talks‚ÄĚ with James Franco for the part of John Gotti Jr. in the film, but when the site followed up with his reps they said, ‚ÄúA script was sent to him. That‚Äôs all. There are no plans for him to do it at this time.‚ÄĚ So it remains to be seen how ‚Äúserious‚ÄĚ these talks really are.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs going to be the new ‚ÄėGodfather,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Fiore said while conveniently forgetting that the screenwriter Leo Rossi‚ÄĒwhose only credits are two are ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre Talking Serious Money‚ÄĚ and the awful looking ‚ÄúMafioso: The Father, the Son‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒis penning the screenplay. We‚Äôll wait and see what he‚Äôs got before making comparisons to Francis Ford Coppola. The project is aiming to shoot this summer with the Gotti family on board as consultants.