John Travolta has become the godfather to his Mafia movie “Gotti,” making the original distributor an offer it couldn’t refuse.
Just 10 days before the film was set for domestic release, EW and other outlets said the biopic about mobster John Gotti (starring Travolta) has been sold back to production company Emmett/Furla/Oasis.
“The Tracking Board’s Jeff Sneider first reported the news, further indicating that producers will seek new distribution soon,” EW said. “A 2018 release now seems likely, instead of the originally planned Dec. 15 bow.”
Why the switch?
Deadline said Travolta was underwhelmed with the tiny release that Lionsgate planned for the film through its multi-platform arm Lionsgate Premiere.
“Looking to protect what he believes is a worthy theatrical film, and his own performance, Travolta sought out a financier to change that fate. He found one in Edward Walson.”
Travolta told Deadline: “It wasn’t easy to get Lionsgate to give it up. They said no, twice, and I literally begged them to reconsider and they finally and generously let it go. We signed this deal about three weeks ago, to purchase back the film from Lionsgate.
“Our mistake was we should have said something right then and discussed our plan for the film. We didn’t anticipate this speculation that is so grossly wrong” — that his film would “sleep with the fishes.”