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GOTTI: IN THE SHADOW OF MY FATHER

Nick Casavettes to Direct John Gotti Jr. Movie

By: Jacob Hall


If you live an interesting enough life, Hollywood will someday come a'knockin.' If you're John Gotti Jr., son of the infamous mobster John Gotti, you're probably wondering why it took this long.
Variety has the story: director Nick Cassavetes, best known for making the popular romantic weepie 'The Notebook' and being the son of the legendary John Cassavetes, is in talks to bring the story of Gotti Jr. to the screen in a film that will focus on his relationship with his notorious father, who died in 2002 while serving a life sentence for thirteen counts of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, loansharking, racketeering, obstruction of justice, illegal gambling and, because it worked for Al Capone and Mickey Cohen, tax evasion. Leo Rossi, a character actor and occasional screenwriter best known for playing Italian supporting characters in every movie ever made, is writing the script.

John Gotti Jr.'s story is a classic Hollywood tale: the story of a young man born into a life of crime who, despite his mother's best efforts to keep him out of the family business, rises through the ranks of the Gambino crime family before having a mid-life change of heart and informing his dying father that he's going straight. Violence. Family. Redemption. There's your tagline. Go slap it on a poster.

Although he's become associated with tear-jerking melodramas like 'The Notebook,' 'John Q' and 'My Sister's Keeper,' this won't be the first time Cassavetes has dabbled in the true crime genre. His widely underseen 'Alpha Dog' told the story of Jesse James Hollywood, the youngest man to ever grace the FBI's most wanted list, so the story of the Gotti family feels right up his alley.

Details are still under wraps, but producer Marc Fiore is planning to get the production rolling next year. Now is the time when we speculate: Who should play John Gotti Jr.? Who should play John Gotti the senior? The first person to say Robert De Niro gets a punch on the arm.



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