John Gotti biopic shot in Cincinnati bought from Lionsgate

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John Travolta denies Lionsgate sent "Gotti" to sleep with the fishes, 10 days before its scheduled release.

Arnold said it is likely Travolta and his backers and had to pay Lionsgate for whatever they put forward on the film - and maybe then some - in order to free them of any debt. And now the producers say they are close to getting a new distributor that will land Gotti in 1,000 theaters next year.

The film marks a big opportunity for Travolta as it allows him to explore not only Gotti's rise to fame as one of the most prolific crime bosses in New York City, but gives audiences a look at his personal and family life as well.

"All these reports are saying the studio "dropped" Gotti and John Travolta, that's 100 percent false", says the film's executive producer Keya Morgan.

"Lionsgate was planning on a minimal release and I did an investigation into people who might have the interest and financial wherewithal to better release it", Travolta explained.


"Looking to protect what he believes is a worthy theatrical film, and his own performance, Travolta sought out a financier to change that fate".

John Travolta isn't pleased that Lionsgate pulled his next film, Gotti, from its release.

Travolta's real-life wife Kelly Preston co-stars as Victoria Gotti, while veteran actor Stacy Keach plays Gotti's mentor Aniello Dellacroce. I invited his group, they saw it and bought it. There may be a simple explanation for that, as an outside investor reportedly financially backed the film for a wide release, and it's unclear exactly when they did that. It wasn't easy to get Lionsgate to give it up.

"Our mistake was we should have said something right then, and discussed our plan for the film", Travolta said.

"There are nice cars and fancy suits in the movie, but we're also showing where all that eventually leads", he previously told EW, adding, "HBO made a Gotti movie in 1996, but his death, which was frightful, hasn't been covered too much".

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