Nick Cassavetes out as ‘Gotti’ director

Helmer released from contract due to scheduling conflicts

Nick Cassavetes is ankling the director’s chair on Fiore Films drama “Gotti: Three Generations,” which recently signed John Travolta for the lead.

A spokesman for the production said Monday that the helmer had been released from his contract due to scheduling conflicts with Cassavetes’ commitment to the indie drama “Yellow.”

Producers are seeking a new director and remain on track to begin production in the fall. Joe Pesci’s onboard as Angelo Ruggiero; Travolta’s daughter Ella Blue has a featured role, while Lindsay Lohan’s in negotiations for the role of Victoria Gotti.

ICM remains worldwide sales agent for the film.

The indie producer held an April 12 news conference in New York with Travolta, late mobster John Gotti’s son John A. Gotti, Cassavetes and Fiore Films topper and producer Marc Fiore. Actor-writer Leo Rossi wrote the screenplay, described as revealing the relationship of a father who lived and died by the mob code and a son who chose to leave that world behind and redeem himself.

The film will be shot entirely in New York. Marty Ingels is an exec producer.

John Gotti Jr. was the flamboyant head of the Gambino crime family who spent the last decade of his life in prison. In his last visit to his father, the son said he was ending his life of crime and getting out of the family business.

Fiore announced the project last fall after securing the rights to Gotti’s story (Daily Variety, Sept. 22).

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