The film Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father has had a difficult path from development to screen. In fact, it looks like the project has fully stalled out before cameras were even able to roll.

While Barry Levinson came on board a few months ago (replacing Nick Cassavetes) and a cast had started to shape up with deals for John Travolta, Al Pacino, Ben Foster, Kelly Preston and possibly Joe Pesci, the time has come when some of those people were meant to be paid. And if reports are correct, there is no money to pay them. As a result, the movie has been put on hold. It almost certainly won’t make a planned January start date, but we don’t know if the project will die altogether. Read More »

The development of a film about father and son crime figures John ‘The Teflon Don’ Gotti and John Gotti, Jr. has already turned into something of a saga, with Nick Cassavetes set to direct, then departing and leaving a void ultimately filled by Barry Levinson. John Travola, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci were cast, and now Joe Pesci is suing the production, which we’ll get to in a moment. Lindsay Lohan was reportedly cast, then quite or was fired, then cast again, and now evidently not part of the project. There’s probably more, but that’s enough to start with.

Fiore Films has now announced what may be the final title for the film, Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father, along with a shoot date for January 2012. And there’s a rumor that Dominic Cooper will join the cast as well. Read More »

Barry Levinson is moving from the horrors of man’s manipulations with nature to man’s own horrible nature. Last year he put together the low-key ‘found footage’ eco-horror thriller The Bay, which will be released this year by Lionsgate. And now he has been tapped as the director for Gotti: Three Generations, which recently saw the departure of planned director Nick Cassavetes. Read More »

For the past few months, Nick Cassavetes has been attached to direct the film Gotti: Three Generations, which will depict the lives of Gambino crime family boss John ‘The Dapper Don’ Gotti and his son John Gotti, Jr. The film is still moving forward with John Travolta attached to play the Dapper Don (for now) but it needs a new director, as scheduling issues have forced Nick Cassavetes to move on. Read More »

John Travolta is already playing the Don in a film about the Gotti family, and now his extended cast of underlings in Gotti: Three Generations is slowly being filled up. The film, which will tell the story of the complex relationship between John Gotti Sr. (Travolta) and his son John Gotti Jr. has now added Joe Pesci as Gotti’s second-in-command, Angelo Ruggiero, and Lindsay Lohan is in talks to play Victoria Gotti, Gotti Sr.’s daughter. Nick Cassevetes (who recently replaced Liam Neeson in The Hangover Part II) will direct a script by Leo Rossi (Analyze This) for Fiore Films. They hope to have an actor set to play Gotti Jr. in the coming weeks.

At a New York press conference talking about the film, Travolta called the Gotti story “the most interesting untold story in this country.” Read more about it after the jump. Read More »

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Martin Scorsese has a number of promising projects on his plate to follow Hugo Cabret: reps say he’ll next make Silence, and then there is a possible indie version of The Wolf of Wall Street, with other movies on the far horizon. One of those is The Irishman, which has been talked up as a reunion of the director with actors Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino. Evidently it is still a going concern, as Robert De Niro said over the weekend. Read More »

Last week, Uncharted 3 game director Justin Richmond attempted to debunk reports that director David O. Russell would be introducing a “family dynamic” (which would possible include the casting of Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci as the father and uncle of Drake) in his big screen adaptation of the popular video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. The video game director also claimed that “Mark Wahlberg isn’t anywhere near to being confirmed to play Nathan Drake either.” At the time, I wrote Richmond off as a someone involved with the video game property who clearly wasn’t up to date with the development of the film adaptation. Both of the stories Richmond claimed false came from the mouths of Russell and Wahlberg in interviews with respected publications. While Wahlberg might not yet be signed, I have no doubt that David wants Mark for the role. This is confirmed today by Wahlberg’s response.

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Here’s good news and bad news. The good news is that, yes, confirming recent reports, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are still planning to be part of Martin Scorsese‘s film The Irishman, which is planned to star Robert De Niro as Mafia hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran. The bad news is that in talking about the future of the film, Robert De Niro cast doubt on the idea that it will be paired with a much more ambitious second film that has been described in terms related to Fellini’s 8 1/2.

More details and some quotes from the actor, after the break. Read More »

The idea that David O. Russell might direct the video game adaptation Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune seemed rather odd. Sure, he’s done an actionish-movie (Three Kings) and Uncharted is one of the more character-oriented action games out there. But it still seemed like a weird fit.

Then news came out that the director is interested in having Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci play the father and uncle of Drake (Mark Wahlberg), which seemed to put the film a lot closer to the films of Mr. Russell’s past, which dealt with family dynamics in a dramatic, often uncomfortable way. (Even The Fighter, about brothers Mickey Ward and Dickie Eklund, has this angle.)

Now we’ve got more info on Uncharted, including a couple details on just how the story will be expanded from the one in the original game. Read More »

Sometimes a healthy skepticism for rumor makes one look foolish when one turns out to be true. Hopefully you can’t blame me for chuckling a bit when we heard that David O. Russell wants Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci to join the cast of his video game adaptation Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. But according to Mark Wahlberg, who says he’s set for the lead role, that’s exactly who the director is hoping to land. Read More »