'Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father' with John Travolta Now on Hold
Several problems have plagued the forthcoming film Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father from director Barry Levinson (who was a replacement for Nick Cassavetes) including a lawsuit from actor Joe Pesci, and uncertainty as to whether or not Lindsay Lohan would actually be part of the cast. Now it looks like the biggest problem plaguing the production is actually stopping the film dead in its tracks as Showbiz 411 (via SlashFilm) says the film has "simply hit the wall" with the promised financing that was said to be "coming from overseas" nowhere to be found. And with no money, that means there's no film. More below!
Producer Marc Fiore has consistently reassured cast and crew that financing was on the way, but sufficient funds have not been found resulting in no payment for Levinson as director, and stars John Travolta (playing Gotti, Sr.) and Al Pacino. Now the project is officially on hold and production will likely not begin in January as was expected, especially since important production elements like sets, wardrobe and traditional development tasks have not yet been completed. Sounds like quite the debacle for Fiore as a producer which is a real shame considering the strange assembly of talent, which also includes Chazz Palminteri and Ben Foster, that came together for the film. This production delay could mean losing some of the cast members, but who knows if the project will ever actually get back on its feet after what seems to be an irresponsible move by the producer. Stay tuned.
This project was so full of promise and I am so disappointed. Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father was going to be a grand success - critically and commercially as well as a heavy awards contender. I was looking forward to seeing the stellar cast comprised of John Travolta, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Lindsay Lohan, Kelly Preston, Ben Foster, Chazz Palminteri together on screen with possibly more famous gangster film genre actors.
Keyes on Oct 7, 2011
I have read this same exact comment on about 10 different sites, each time with a different name. Its probably either Honig or Fiore . How lame.
PhillipP on Oct 8, 2011
I disagree. This project had been crapily thrown together, and the way the filmmakers courted media attention with stupid shit like casting Lindsey Lohan gives you a pretty good idea of their artistic integrity. Furthermore, Travolta lost the ability to play threatening characters about a decade ago. He should stick to fat housewives and advertising execs.
Lebowski on Oct 7, 2011
what a shame I would not see this turkey on DVD let alone pay good $$$ to see it Gotti was garbage dressed up to pass as respectable.
Anonymous on Oct 8, 2011
Sounded like a dud from Day1.
PhillipP on Oct 8, 2011
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