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Monday, April 18, 2011

Nick Cassavetes out as 'Gotti' director: report


The movie "Gotti: Three Generations" has found its first casualty.
Director Nick Cassavetes has been released from his contract to make the mob flick "due to scheduling conflicts" with another movie, it was reported today.
Cassavetes is also committed to make the indie drama "Yellow" at the same time, Daily Variety reported on its website.
Producers are now seeking a new director and "remain on track to go into production in the fall," the industry magazine reported.
This comes a week after it was announced that actor John Travolta will portray the notorious crime boss.
Nick Cassavetes, John Gotti Jr. and John Travolta announced 'Gotti: Three Generations' less than a week ago.
Nick Cassavetes, John Gotti Jr. and John Travolta announced "Gotti: Three Generations" less than a week ago.

"Gotti: Three Generations," will also co-star actor Joe Pesci as Gotti's close friend Angelo Ruggiero.
Actress Lindsay Lohan is "in talks" to be cast in the film as Gotti's daughter Victoria, producer Marc Fiore said during a news conference last Tuesday in Times Square that was attended by Lohan.
The independently-financed film will tell the story of Gotti, the infamous American mobster who became boss of the Gambino crime family and the relationship with his family and son, John Gotti Jr., who himself rose to head the Gambinos and sold the rights to his life story for the film.
"This is probably the most interesting, untold story in this country, and what a character to approach and understand," said Travolta.
John Gotti, known as the "Teflon Don" for evading convictions on several charges that wouldn't stick, died of cancer in prison aged 61 in 2002.
He was eventually convicted and sentenced to life in prison for murder, racketeering, extortion and tax evasion.
His son, John A. Gotti, lived up to his father's reputation by eluding conviction in four racketeering trials between 2004 and 2009 with the defense that he quit mob life.
The role of Gotti Jr. is yet to be cast.


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