Lionsgate Drops John Travolta's Mob Drama "Gotti", Sells Film Back to Producers

Carla Harmon
December 6, 2017

The movie also stars Travolta's wife, Kelly Preston, as Victoria Gotti, Stacy Keach as Gotti's mentor, Aniello Dellacroce, and directed by Kevin Connolly. After all, movies leaving or changing distributors isn't exactly a rare occurrence in Hollywood, but those types of deals tend to be worked out far in advance of a film's scheduled release date.

Lionsgate chose to sell the rights to the story back to production company Emmett/Furla/Oasis, reports state.

The Tracking Board, which first reported the story, notes that finding a new distributor shouldn't present a big problem.

Fiore Films originally acquired life rights from John Gotti Jr., the son of the late head of the Gambino crime family.

Directed by former Entourage actor Kevin Connolly, using a script penned by Lem Dobbs and Leo Rossi, Gotti began shooting in July of previous year.

SFGate's The Wrap reports that producers bought back the film because they wanted a "wide release" - not one at select theaters only, as Lionsgate planned. Entirely. Seeing as the film was lined up for a December 15 release, the decision to part ways with the film leaves the project in a peculiar spot.

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