John Travolta Responds to Rumors of 'Gotti' Release Being Scrapped

Lionsgate Drops John Travolta's Mob Drama “Gotti,” Sells Film Back to Producers (Exclusive)

One of the film's executive producers, Keya Morgan, tells TMZ the "Gotti" project was originally supposed to be distributed by Lionsgate Premiere. a branch of the company that handles smaller, niche releases. The movie - which centers around the activities of the Italian Mafia - was canceled just ten days before it hit theaters because of, in Travolta's words, "fake news".

Gotti has been dropped by Lionsgate, just two weeks ahead of its planned December 15 release date, The Tracking Board reported Tuesday.

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The speculation Travolta might be referring to is Twitter's reaction to the news that the film had suddenly been dropped, questioning if the actor might be joining the ranks of countless male celebrities who have recently been met with assault and harassment allegations, leading many to be dumped from their respective projects (ex. Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K.). As it turns out, Travolta wasn't happy with the limited release that Lionsgate was planning for the movie.

The mob epic stars Travolta as the famed NY mobster John Gotti, a larger-than-life real-life mob figure with a compelling story who had somehow never before been the subject of a full-on Hollywood biopic. Travolta said there was "something humane" about Gotti, and that the theme of the movie is how a leader acts when fronting an organization which is expected to behave ostentatiously. "I invited his group, they saw it and bought it", Travolta said.

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He continued: "That is the simple explanation for this". The film got a late December release date through Lionsgate, and a trailer debuted in September, but nothing else has been heard about Gotti since. "They said no, twice, and I literally begged them to reconsider and they finally and generously let it go". The film's producers felt the same, and activated a buy-back clause in the original deal. "We didn't anticipate this speculation that is so grossly wrong", he told the outlet.

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