Someone recently asked me what I thought Sylvester Stallone should do next, and I was at a loss to answer them. Stallone is STALLONE. He can't really disappear into a role anymore, though I think he desperately wants to. (I think he could have as of Cop Land, but now?) He's definitely going to try again, if TMZ is to be believed, as they report he's in serious talks with the Gotti family to make a biopic of the famous mobster, John Gotti. It's implied (though not actually stated anywhere in the article) that Stallone is directing it himself, as he's in the process of choosing a screenwriter.
John Gotti (for those who were too young to remember him going to jail) was the boss of the Gambino crime family -- you know, one of the five families of the Mafia. He had a criminal career record that reads like a less amusing Goodfellas (also the Gambinos), and was in and out of state and federal prison. In 1992, he was finally sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of 13 murders, conspiracy to commit murder, racketeering, obstruction of justice, illegal gambling, extortion, tax evasion, and loansharking. He died in 2002 of cancer.
The story will supposedly be based on John Gotti Jr.'s recollections of his father, and their tumultuous relationship. I think that means there's wiggle room that will allow Gotti to be portrayed as sympathetic, or for facts to be smudged a bit. As Gotti Jr. is currently writing a children's book (Children of the Shaolin Forest), I think it's safe to say he has quite an imagination. I think it must take an epic one to imagine Stallone playing Gotti. 10, 15 years ago, maybe. But now?