Gotti: Three Generations hasn’t even gone before cameras yet, but it’s still had such an eventful pre-production. Not only did Nick Cassavetes sign on direct and then leave, but Barry Levinson took up the reigns, bringing Al Pacino along with him. Then, the two of them decided that they would make an adaptation of a Philip Roth novel, titled The Humbling. This was an especially surprising development, as they expressed a desire to make this first; naturally, this would cause a delay in Gotti‘s production.
What’sPlaying (via CinemaBlend) reports that production company Fiore Films has changed the film’s title, to the more traditional-sounding Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father. The name sounds a lot better to me, as it centers the focus more on the son than the entire family. Or something to that degree. What’s curious is that the movie is still apparently set to start production this fall, with a release scheduled for 2012. This news has emerged, despite reports saying that The Humbling would be getting made first. Maybe the latter has a short production schedule? We’ll have to wait and see. The movie also stars John Travolta as the famed mobster, it also has Lindsay Lohan, Joe Pesci, Kelly Preston, and Ella Bleu Travolta.
In related news, BoxOfficeMojo has a list of release dates and names for several upcoming movies in The Weinstein Company’s slate, some of which I completely forgot were happening. The list is as follows, in chronological order:
- My Week with Marilyn, the Marilyn Monroe biopic starring Michelle Williams and Emma Watson, will come out on November 4th.
- The Bully Project, a documentary that we reviewed at Tribeca, hits theaters on November 11th.
- The Artist is coming out on November 23rd. It’s a black & white silent film that made a big splash at Cannes, winning best actor for Jean Dujardin. Raffi was lucky enough to see the film at the festival, which he ecstatically reviewed. In addition to that, he also interviewed writer/director Michel Hazanavicius, and star Berenice Bejo.
- Up next is Coriolanus, which is the directorial debut of Ralph Fiennes and is written by The Aviator screenwriter John Logan. An update of the Shakespeare play of the same name, it stars Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, and Jessica Chastain. We got a poster for this back in October, and it’s finally making its way to theaters on December 2nd.
- After that, there’s The Iron Lady, a biopic of former English Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. It stars Meryl Streep in the lead role, while Jim Broadbent is playing her husband, Denis. Directed by Mamma Mia! helmer Phyllida Lloyd, this is sure to get some heavy awards consideration when it comes out on December 16th.
- Then there’s Scary Movie 5, which currently has no cast or creative team. That will be seeing a release on April 20th, 2012. You now know this piece of information.
- After that is Halloween 3D, coming out on October 26th, 2012., as stated above, I forgot was even being made. I actually wrote about the movie some 1,000 articles ago, all the way back in September 2009. This is being directed by My Bloody Valentine 3D and Drive Angry‘s Patrick Lussier, who at least seems to have more talent than the average horror filmmaker. If he can manage to inject some fun into the proceedings, he’ll not only have superseded Rob Zombie‘s two efforts with Michael Myers, but he may give the franchise some hope for the future.
- The last one is Relativity Media’s House at the End of the Street, a horror film that stars Elizabeth Shue and Jennifer Lawrence, and is directed by Mark Tonderai. That’s coming out on April 20th, 2012. So, what do you want to see more: Scary Movie 5, or this? That’s the question you’ll be faced with on that day, although you could sit and home and smoke pot, considering the date. (Not that I encourage such behavior.)
In the last piece of release date news that has nothing to do with TWC, Paramount will release Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Dark of the Moon in select 3D and IMAX theaters three hour earlier, on Tuesday, June 28th at 9PM.
What are your thoughts on the Gotti title change? Do any of these upcoming movies have your attention?