Joe Johnston to Direct Gotti


Although plans for a previous iteration of the project fell apart, Gotti (formerly Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father) is back on track with Joe Johnston now signed on to direct, according to a story at The Hollywood Reporter. John Travolta remains attached to play the title role of mobster John Gotti.

The film, which adapts Gotti’s life from the point of view of his son, was previously set to star, in addition to Travolta, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Lindsay Lohan, Kelly Preston, Ben Foster and Chazz Palminteri. Barry Levinson was previously attached to helm.

The rights to the story, which, in reality ended with the death of Gotti in prison in 2002, are held by Marc Fiore and his Fiore Films where actor Leo Rossi supplied the original screenplay.

Johnston most recently directed Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The First Avenger.

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