GOTTI: IN THE SHADOW OF MY FATHER
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FIORE FILMS SIGNS ACADEMY AWARDÂ®-WINNING DIRECTOR BARRY LEVINSON TO DIRECT â€śGOTTI: THREE GENERATIONSâ€ť
Acclaimed writer/director/producer to take the helm of eagerly anticipated film about Gotti family
NEW YORK, May 3, 2011 â€“ Fiore Films, an independent production company, today announced it has signed Academy AwardÂ®-winning director Barry Levinson to direct â€śGotti: Three Generations.â€ť
It was previously announced that John Travolta will star in the film as John Gotti Sr., Joe Pesci will co-star as Gotti deputy Angelo Ruggiero and Lindsay Lohan will play Kim Gotti, the wife of John Gotti, Jr.
Fiore Films acquired life rights from John Gotti, Jr., the son of the late mob boss John Gotti, to the story of his life with his father. The deal marks the first time a member of the Gotti family has entered into an agreement to tell their story for a major motion picture. Production is expected to begin in late fall, with a theatrical release in late 2012. The film will be shot in New York.
â€śBarry Levinson is one of the most preeminent directors of our generation,â€ť said Marc Fiore, executive producer and producer of â€śGottiâ€ť and CEO of Fiore Films, LLC. â€śBarry has been a driving force in filmmaking for the past 35 years and has directed some of the most memorable movies of our time.â€ť
Levinsonâ€™s credits include â€śRain Man,â€ť â€śBugsy,â€ť â€śDiner,â€ť â€śAvalon,â€ť â€śGood Morning, Vietnam,â€ť and most recently â€śYou Donâ€™t Know Jack,â€ť which received 15 Emmy Nominations. He has been nominated for six Academy AwardsÂ® and won Best Director for â€śRain Man.â€ť
â€śWhat really attracted me to the story was that it was from the perspective of John Gotti Jr. You see an insiderâ€™s look that I havenâ€™t seen told before,â€ť said Levinson.
Actor-writer Leo Rossi (â€śAnalyze Thisâ€ť) wrote the screenplay for the film, which reveals the relationship of a father who lived and died by the mob code and a son who chose to leave that world behind and redeem himself. Never before has there been such an inside look at the life of one of the Gotti family and their world of danger, betrayal and redemption. Levinson will work with Rossi on the final script.
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 â€śDapper Don,â€ť John Gottiâ€™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. In 1988, at the age of 24, Gotti Jr. became a â€śmade man,â€ť and was officially inducted into the Mafia, making him the heir-apparent to head the Gambino crime family.
Fiore Films, LLC is a film production company with offices in Los Angeles and New Jersey. Films currently in production or development includeÂ â€śGotti: Three Generationsâ€ť and â€śMob Street.â€ť More information is available at www.fiorefilmsllc.com. Updates about the Gotti movie can be found on Twitter @gottimovie.
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