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Travolta guns for wider release of 'Gotti,' buys back biopic

08 December 2017
Travolta guns for wider release of 'Gotti,' buys back biopic

Travolta said that he and Lionsgate had agreed to cancel its rollout, and he had then bought it back off them so it could get a wider release with a different distributor. Except, it appears as it wasn't that good after all as the studio, Lionsgate has dropped it from their release slate completely m - only a few weeks away from the films actual planned release date. John said he "begged" them to reconsider and finally they "generously" let it go. The film's producers felt the same, and activated a buy-back clause in the original deal. "We didn't anticipate this speculation that is so grossly wrong", Travolta told Deadline. And he strenuously denied that Lionsgate had made a decision to back out of releasing the film out of concern for Travolta's long-standing ties to the Church of Scientology or recently unearthed accusations of sexual misconduct.

"My style as an actor is to research and observe the behavior of a character and my goal was to accurately portray him to where you thought you were watching John Gotti, as I tried to do with Robert Shapiro [in The People v. OJ Simpson]", Travolta said.

While Travolta remains a big name, one wonders if trying to release a dramatic biopic about the infamous former head of the Gambino crime family during a month where both Avengers: Infinity War and Solo: A Star Wars Story hit theaters would end up being a smart move.

Industry experts say these types of situations don't happen very often.

John Travolta has rubbished claims his upcoming movie about mobster John Gotti has been dumped. Source Getty
John Travolta has rubbished claims his upcoming movie about mobster John Gotti has been dumped. Source Getty

But speaking to Deadline, the Pulp Fiction star has slammed the rumours and tried to clear up the confusion, saying that he has brokered his own deal to get the movie a wider release than Lionsgate was planning.

John Gotti arrives at court in New York City on February 8, 1990. Gotti's son, John Gotti Jr., is one of the film's executive producers. Attorney Gerald Schargel follows Gotti and his brother Peter Gotti, at left.

The trailer for the film can be viewed below.

Lionsgate did not immediately respond to a Daily News request for comment.