The pre-production on Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father has been more hectic than most films could withstand before hitting theaters. Casting confusion, directors being switched, actors filing lawsuits over money — just a damn mess on every front. And it may be for nothing; ShowBiz411 informs us of the project being halted as a result of producer Mark Fiore not having money. Really. This is being delayed because they simply don’t have the proper funds.

It’s even come to the point where John Travolta, Al Pacino, Barry Levinson, and others can’t be paid when they were expecting something. Now, I’m no producing expert, but shouldn’t financing — e.g., making sure that there is funding — have been kept track of? Fiore promises that “money is coming from overseas,” but when (or if) that comes in is of the essence.

That’s because “almost nothing has been done yet viz a viz sets, costumes, or planning,” making the proposed start date of January an unlikely thing — if the cash arrives soon, that is. It’s also being said that this might not happen at all if money isn’t presented; talk about poor timing. To make an obvious joke: They could get lucky if it falls off a truck. (Sorry.) No one seemed to be over the moon about the idea of seeing a John Gotti biopic with this respectable but not quite “amazing” lineup, so this news makes me elicit an “oy” above all else.

If this thing does ever come together, Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father will also star Ben Foster, Kelly Preston, Ella Bleu Travolta, and Chazz Palminteri.


“The film will reveal the relationship of a father who lived and died by the mob code and a son who, while brought up to lead a life of crime, chose to leave that world behind and redeem himself and the Gotti name. Never before has there been such an inside look at the Gotti family and their world of danger, betrayal and redemption. John Gotti was head of the Gambino crime family, which in its time was the largest and most powerful crime organization in the country. Known as the “Dapper Don,” John Gotti’s flamboyant style and outspoken personality made him one of the most famous mobsters of the 20th century and he ruled the underworld until he died from cancer in 2002 while serving a life sentence. In 1988, at the age of 24, Gotti Jr. became a “made man,” and was officially inducted into the Mafia, making him the heir-apparent to head the Gambino crime family and follow in his father’s footsteps.”

Were you looking forward to Gotti? How do you take this latest development?

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