John Travolta is in serious talks to play John Gotti, a famed New York City mob boss, in an upcoming biopic about the crime family, entitled Gotti. Nick Cassavetes of The Notebook fame is tapped as the director of the project.
Marc Fiore, CEO of Fiore Films, LLC and the executive producer of the film, tells Entertainment Weekly, â€śWe would love to have him. Heâ€™s a terrific actor. John Gotti, Sr.â€”heâ€™s an icon. And so is Travoltaâ€¦The Gottis have an image already. People know who they are. You canâ€™t just be a good actor, you have to be a great actor who can become John Gotti.â€ť
2011 Oscar nominee and host James Franco has been associated with the role of John Gotti Jr. Fiore is quick to point out that Franco is only one of â€śseveral A-list actorsâ€ť in discussion for the role.
The Gotti family has reportedly endorsed the project, signing on as consultants on the film. John Gotti Jr. collaborated with screenwriter Leo Rossi to help give an inside look into the famous family. Fiore hopes to start filming this summer.