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John Travolta to play Mafioso John Gotti in biopic

March 31, 2011 |  5:20 pm

John Travolta to play John Gott John Travolta is revving up to play John Gotti Sr., the mobster who headed the Gambino crime family, in the biopic "Gotti: Three Generations."

Nick Cassavetes, who worked with Travolta in the thriller "Face/Off," is set to direct the Fiore Films project, which will shoot primarily in New York.

We smell a "Godfather"-like classic in the making! It'll be fun to again see Travolta as a villain ("Pulp Fiction," anyone?). The Leo Rossi screenplay is supposed to explore the father-son relationship in the Mafia family, specifically Gotti's relationship with his son John Gotti Jr. ("Teflon Dan"), who last told his father ("Dapper Dan") that he'd be leaving the business before his father died in prison.

The real Gotti Jr. has signed off on the project, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Producer Marc Fiore announced it in the fall when he secured the rightes to Gotti's story.

On April 12, Travolta, Cassavetes, Gotti Jr. and producer Marc Fiore will give a news conference about the project at the Sheraton New York Hotel.

We can be certain -- or at least hope -- that this film will probably go over much better than the A&E reality series "Growing Up Gotti," which followed Gotti's daughter Victoria and her three sons.

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— Nardine Saad
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Photo: John Travolta at the Golden Camera awards on Feb. 5 in Berlin. Credit: Andreas Rentz / Getty Images.

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