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Joe Johnston will direct John Travolta in the mobster biopic Gotti

May. 8, 2013by:

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John Travolta has been trying to get a film based on mobster John Gotti, Sr. off the ground for years but it looks like GOTTI will finally see the light of day. THR has learned that Joe Johnston (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, THE WOLFMAN) has agreed to direct GOTTI with Travolta playing the mobster boss. John Travolta made a statement about the hiring of Johnston and how he's thrilled to play John Gotti in a film:

I'm looking forward to portraying John Gotti -- it's been a long time coming. And I think that Johnston is an exciting and fresh addition to the vision of the film. We are all looking forward to starting production.

Joe Johnston also added why he was interested in telling the story of "The Teflon Don":

I think we’ve always been fascinated with the idea of the romantic outlaw. John Gotti could be in one instance a charismatic, kind and loving family man, and in another, deadly to his enemies. The opportunity to tell the true story of Gotti with John Travolta is a director’s dream.

While I do love a good mobster movie I hope they don't focus too much of the film on Gotti being a great family man since the man did do some truly horrible things. I understand the need to portray him as both a ruthless mafia boss and a loving husband/father, but I also don't want elements shoehorned in to make the guy seem too sympathetic. Joe Johnston is a decent enough director and John Travolta clearly has some passion for this project though, so I do think this could end up being a pretty good film.

Filming on GOTTI is scheduled to start on September 9th in New York and currently doesn't have a release date.

Extra Tidbit: John Gotti or Whitey Bulger: who would win in a mob war?

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5:11PM on 05/08/2013
I had heard it was back on again a while ago but was to be called "Gotti: Living in My Father's Shadow" or something like that. From John, Jr's perspective and more about his own life during the years that he took over as head of the Gambino family after his dad went to prison. John Travolta to play John, Sr, and Kelly Preston to play Victoria, his wife and "Junior's" mom.

Now it's just called "Gotti?" I guess it's a different direction they're taking. I'm stoked anyway, I hope it's good.
I had heard it was back on again a while ago but was to be called "Gotti: Living in My Father's Shadow" or something like that. From John, Jr's perspective and more about his own life during the years that he took over as head of the Gambino family after his dad went to prison. John Travolta to play John, Sr, and Kelly Preston to play Victoria, his wife and "Junior's" mom.

Now it's just called "Gotti?" I guess it's a different direction they're taking. I'm stoked anyway, I hope it's good.
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8:24PM on 05/08/2013
Well both Jnr and Snr are called Gotti, so the title probably reflects the family more than one individual member.
Well both Jnr and Snr are called Gotti, so the title probably reflects the family more than one individual member.
8:29PM on 05/08/2013
Good point, and if it does focus more on Gotti, Sr, I'm more interested in that anyway than his son when he's in prison- which is when the other was supposed to take place. I could have misunderstood that though and maybe it's always been as you suggest.
Good point, and if it does focus more on Gotti, Sr, I'm more interested in that anyway than his son when he's in prison- which is when the other was supposed to take place. I could have misunderstood that though and maybe it's always been as you suggest.
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12:54PM on 05/08/2013

Eh...

If you had Scorsese, or Affleck or Cronenberg or Michael Mann or some other top-tier crime director working on it then I'd be stoked. Mr. Gotti has a heck of a story to tell and it could make for an amazing film. However, while I've enjoyed some of Johnston's films I realize he' just simply not a top-tier director, and most (but certainly not all) of his projects have been pretty mediocre. I expect that there's a good chance this one will follow suit.
If you had Scorsese, or Affleck or Cronenberg or Michael Mann or some other top-tier crime director working on it then I'd be stoked. Mr. Gotti has a heck of a story to tell and it could make for an amazing film. However, while I've enjoyed some of Johnston's films I realize he' just simply not a top-tier director, and most (but certainly not all) of his projects have been pretty mediocre. I expect that there's a good chance this one will follow suit.
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12:24PM on 05/08/2013
Extra tidbit: Whitey Blulger would win hands down.
Extra tidbit: Whitey Blulger would win hands down.
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11:50AM on 05/08/2013
Is this trainwreck still rolling forward? Thank god they brought the reliably mediocre Joe Johnston aboard to bring this beast home.
Is this trainwreck still rolling forward? Thank god they brought the reliably mediocre Joe Johnston aboard to bring this beast home.
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11:07AM on 05/08/2013
Armand Assante did that HBO film of Gotti back in '96, still think he's the perfect Gotti.
Armand Assante did that HBO film of Gotti back in '96, still think he's the perfect Gotti.
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10:53AM on 05/08/2013

For the other mobster roles

I recommend Christian Slater, Patrick Dempsey and Richard Grieco.
I recommend Christian Slater, Patrick Dempsey and Richard Grieco.
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4:52PM on 05/08/2013
Hey don't forget Costas Mandylor!
Hey don't forget Costas Mandylor!
7:54PM on 05/08/2013
You're right couldn't think of his name. I just looked him up on imdb and he seems to be doing better than Grieco.
You're right couldn't think of his name. I just looked him up on imdb and he seems to be doing better than Grieco.
10:34AM on 05/08/2013
As long as they stay away from his daughter Victoria who is a f#cking idiot along with her dipshit kids then I'm all for it.
As long as they stay away from his daughter Victoria who is a f#cking idiot along with her dipshit kids then I'm all for it.
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11:54AM on 05/08/2013
Nail on the head. She is one of those fringe "celebrities" that has managed to milk her miniscule attachement to not even fame but notoriety for far too long.
Nail on the head. She is one of those fringe "celebrities" that has managed to milk her miniscule attachement to not even fame but notoriety for far too long.
10:21AM on 05/08/2013
Gotti is a fascinating story. I'm not sure if I watched Armand Assante portrayed Gotti in a TV movie (by HBO, I think). As for John Travolta, I'm not sure. Personally I'd go with Ben Kingsley. He might not physically look the part but he was dynamite in Sexy Beast.
Gotti is a fascinating story. I'm not sure if I watched Armand Assante portrayed Gotti in a TV movie (by HBO, I think). As for John Travolta, I'm not sure. Personally I'd go with Ben Kingsley. He might not physically look the part but he was dynamite in Sexy Beast.
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