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 »

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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 »

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 »

Briefly: A film about ‘Dapper Don’ John Gotti has been in the works for some time, and after January rumors put John Travolta in the shoes of the crime figure, we’ve now got confirmation that he is cast. The film is Gotti: Three Generations, and John Travolta will play John Gotti Sr. under the direction of Nick Cassavetes. Read More »

A biopic of mafia don John ‘The Teflon Don’ Gotti and his son John Gotti Jr. has been in the works for a while. Earlier this year Nick Cassavetes started negotiating to direct, and with that deal close to completion there’s word from enthusiastic exec producer Marc Fiore that John Travolta is in ‘serious talks’ to play the senior Gotti. Read More »

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