John Gotti Jr. Sells Story to Fiore Films for Major Motion Picture
Gotti Makes Long-Awaited Decision After Multiyear Pursuit by Hollywood; Production Slated to Begin in March in New York
LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - 09/22/10) - John Gotti Jr., the son of the late and infamous mob boss John Gotti, has signed a deal with Fiore Films, LLC giving the production company all motion picture rights to his story. Fiore Films will produce and distribute a feature-length film based on the life of John Gotti Jr. and his relationship with his notorious father. This deal marks the first time a member of the Gotti family has entered into an agreement to tell their story.
Production on the as-of-yet unnamed film is expected to begin in March, with the film being entirely shot in New York. The film is slated to be released theatrically in Fall 2011. Fiore Films expects to announce the film\'s director and two lead actors who will play Gotti and Gotti Jr., by the end of the year. Talks are currently underway with several Academy AwardÂ®-winning actors and directors who have expressed interest in the project.
The film will reveal the relationship of a father who lived and died by the mob code and a son who, while brought up to lead a life of crime, chose to leave that world behind and redeem himself and the Gotti name. Never before has there been such an inside look at the Gotti family and their world of danger, betrayal and redemption.
John Gotti was head of the Gambino crime family, which in its time was the largest and most powerful crime organization in the country. Known as the "Dapper Don," John Gotti\'s flamboyant style and outspoken personality made him one of the most famous mobsters of the 20th century and he ruled the underworld until he died from cancer in 2002 while serving a life sentence.
"The stories that John is telling our writers about his father and life on the street are absolutely gripping," said Marc Fiore, president and CEO of Fiore Films, LLC and the film\'s executive producer. "Never before has any member of a reputed Mob family given a firsthand account of their life; audiences will finally get to hear this compelling true story which, while violent and distressing at times, is also compassionate and emotional."
In 1988, at the age of 24, Gotti Jr. became a "made man," and was officially inducted into the Mafia, making him the heir-apparent to head the Gambino crime family and follow in his father\'s footsteps. But in 1999, Gotti Jr. paid a now-famous last visit to his imprisoned and dying father to tell him he was ending his life of crime and getting out of the family business. During the years that followed his father\'s death, Gotti Jr. had a long legal battle ahead of him and served three jail sentences, totaling approximately nine years, for a variety of charges. Gotti Jr. was finally released from prison in December 2009.
Fiore Films, LLC is a film production company with offices in Los Angeles and New York. Films currently in production or development include "Mob Street," written by Academy AwardÂ® nominee Chazz Palminteri. More information is available at www.fiorefilmsllc.com.
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