Barry Levinson Replaces Nick Cassavetes as Director on 'Gotti' Biopic
Initially, we heard Nick Cassavetes was going to be at the helm of a biopic about reformed criminal John Gotti Jr. and his mobster father, the late head of the Gambino crime family. Then January brought news of John Travolta playing the senior Gotti followed by the casting of Joe Pesci and Lindsay Lohan last month. But just recently, director Nick Cassavetes was forced to exit the film, which has been titled Gotti: Three Generations, due to scheduling issues with his indie drama Yellow. Now Variety reports director Barry Levinson (You Don't Know Jack, Rain Man) will replace Cassavetes as the director of this biopic.
As the title suggests, the story follows three generations of the Gotti family with an emphasis on the relationship between Gotti Sr. and his son, who chooses to turn his back on the mob code he grew up around. Pesci is playing Gotti deputy Angelo Ruggiero, and while we initially heard Lohan was playing Victoria Gotti, she will instead be playing the younger Gotti's wife Kim Gotti. Apparently this is the first time any member of the crime family has agreed to have their story told on the big screen. It's certainly a strange assembly of talent, so count me at least intrigued for now. How about you?