Gotti: John Travolta Biopic Dropped by Lionsgate at Producers’ Request
Gotti – a mob biopic starring John Travolta – was abruptly dropped by distributor Lionsgate yesterday, and that sudden move has now been explained. In the current social climate – with accusations of sexual misconduct being made against powerful Hollywood figures on a seemingly constant basis – some had assumed that the decision to drop Gotti might be tied to coming accusations against someone involved with the film, possibly even Travolta himself. However, it turns out that the truth is actually much more mundane. To recap, Gotti was set to hit theaters on December 15, which is why yesterday’s report that distributor Lionsgate had opted to sell the film back to its producers caught so many off guard. After all, movies leaving or changing distributors isn’t exactly a rare occurrence in Hollywood, but those types of deals tend to be worked out far in advance of a film’s scheduled release date. While it’s a bit unclear why this move was made so late in the game, it’s at least now known what the goal was. Related: Gotti Trailer: John Travolta is a Crime Boss According to Deadline, it was not Lionsgate’s idea to jettison Gotti from its
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