John Travolta in Talks to Star in GOTTI
Great news Travolta fans, it looks like he might be up for another great role. According to Inside Movies, the actor is in serious talks to to play New York City mob boss John Gotti in GOTTI. The news comes from Marc Fiore, CEO of Fiore Films and executive producer of the upcoming film about three generations of the crime family.
“We would love to have him. He’s a terrific actor. John Gotti, Sr. – he’s an icon. And so is Travolta . The Gottis have an image already. People know who they are. You can’t just be a good actor, you have to be a great actor who can become John Gotti.”
A source in Travolta’s camp says it’s one of four projects he’s considering at this time but here’s hoping, right?
Fiore is reportedly still finalizing a deal with Travolta’s Face/Off co-star (and director of The Notebook) Nick Cassavetes to direct the film about “the Teflon Don.” James Franco is another name that’s being tossed around to play John Jr. and Fiore says he is in very preliminary talks with Franco. He also adds that Franco is one of several “A-list actors” they are speaking to. A rep for Franco (who already has a pretty busy schedule) would only confirm the preliminary status: “A script was sent to him. That’s all. There are no plans for him to do it at this time.”
No matter who he gets to the project, Fiore promises a film that will recall another famous mobster tale.
“It’s going to be the new Godfather. It’s a story about a father and a son, but the father happens to be John Gotti Sr.”
It won’t hurt that everyone on the film will have help from a very valuable source: The Gotti family. Fiore reports that the entire family has signed exclusives to be consultants on the film, including John Gotti Jr., who worked on the script with writer Leo Rossi (who appeared in Analyze This) “every day.”
“We have a real inside look. John, Jr. will answer any question you ask him. The Gotti family, they don’t try to put a sweater over things.”
The director hopes to begin filming Gotti in summer 2011.
Follow me on Twitter @mokibobolink