Barry Levinson has been hired to replace Nick Cassavetes as the director of the mob drama Gotti: Three Generations. In case you did hear, Cassavetes had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
John Travolta is set to play John Gotti Sr. in the film, Joe Pesci will awesomely co-star as Gotti deputy Angelo Ruggiero, Lindsay Lohan was cast in the role of John Gotti Jr.'s wife Kim as part of a two-picture deal she made with Fiore Films, and Ella Bleu Travolta has also been cast in the film.
Marc Fiore of Fiore Films is producing the film after buying the rights to Gotti's book, which focuses on Gotti Jr.'s relationship with his father, who chose to turn his back on the mob code he grew up around. The film will be shot on location in New York and is set for a 2012 release. This is the first time a member of the Gotti family agreed to tell their story on the bigscreen.
The movie was written by Leo Rossi and is reportedly a ‘tell-all’ story. Fiore calls the film “the new Godfather,” saying “it’s a story about a father and a son, but the father happens to be John Gotti Sr.”
Levinson is a solid director that had brought us films such as Sleepers, The Perfect Storm, Bugsy, Donnie Brasco, Wag the Dog, and more. This should be a good film project for him.