It’s official: John Travolta will portray John Gotti Jr., known as the “Teflon Don,” in Fiore Films biopic “Gotti: Three Generations.”
The indie producer has set an April 12 news conference in New York with Travolta, Gotti’s son John A. Gotti, director Nick Cassavetes and Fiore Films topper and producer Marc Fiore.
Travolta had been rumored to be the leading candidate for the part of one of the Gottis for several months. 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).
Travolta is repped by WME.