John Travolta isn’t pleased that Lionsgate pulled his next film, Gotti, from its release. The movie – which centers around the activities of the Italian Mafia – was canceled just ten days before it hit theaters because of, in Travolta’s words, “fake news.”
Travolta said to Deadline that the reports on the movie bordered on “fake news” and he had intentions of finding other companies who could release it to a bigger audience. Lionsgate intended to give it a “minimal release.”
Travolta said Gotti is worth a more significant release and so he sought out Edward Walson to buy out Lionsgate for the rights to distribute and promote the film.
John said Ed is a fan of Travolta and the Gotti story and wanted to see the movie succeed, so Ed bought the rights to the biopic. The actor said, “it wasn’t dropped.”
However, Travolta conceded that Lionsgate didn’t want to give it up and said “no” twice. John said he “begged” them to reconsider and finally they “generously” let it go. Ed, who spoke with Deadline, said he saw the movie and loved it as well as John’s portrayal of the Mafia boss.
He claimed that he has experience with producing and distributing films, so he understands Travolta’s frustration that the distributor didn’t think of a way to promote the movie.
As for Travolta’s role, the Pulp Fiction actor plays John Gotti, an American gangster who became the boss of the Gambino crime family in NYC in the 1970’s. Travolta said there was “something humane” about Gotti, and that the theme of the movie is how a leader acts when fronting an organization which is expected to behave ostentatiously.