This movie has had so much trouble getting off the ground, it’s going to need the help of the actual mob to get made.
To recap, with the upcoming Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father, there’s been casting issues, directing issues, a lawsuit from Joe Pesci, and probably the biggest blunder: attaching Lindsay Lohan to it. I mean, they haven’t even started filming and it’s already a pain in the ass. That’s just the effect Lindsay Lohan has on things.
Now, the production has reportedly been halted indefinitely, as the film has “hit the wall” with the promised financing that is said to be “coming from overseas,” according to Showbiz 411. Okay, I was kidding, but it sounds like this actually is being funded by the mob.
While producer Marc Fiore has been reassuring the cast and crew that the money is on the way, no funds have come to pay director Barry Levinson or John Travolta and Al Pacino.
Seriously, where did the cast and crew find out about this movie, Craiglist? I’m guessing it was right between a job posting for “Big Hollywood producer needs YOUR script” and “Do Nothing, Work From Home and Make $100K”. This is why you flag stuff, people.
So anyway, the project is officially on hold and production will probably not start in January as originally scheduled. Sets, wardrobe and other typical pre-production stuff hasn’t been tackled, either.
Bad news for Fiore, because who knows who might back out of this flick due to scheduling issues? Having John Travolta and, especially Al Pacino attached to the movie is a big plus. Losing either of them would be major blow. But speaking of blow, at least he’ll still have Lindsay.
In the film, Travolta is set to play John Gotti, Sr., while real-life wife Kelly Preston will play Victoria Gotti. Ben Foster was lined up to play John Gotti, Jr. The movie will be a family project for Travolta, as his daughter, Ella Bleu Travolta, is playing Angel Gotti.
Lohan is rumored to be playing Kimberly Gotti, the wife of John, Jr. She’s been in and out of this movie more than she’s been in and out of court. After her management team made some outrageous demands, word was she got kicked off. But then Lohan herself reportedly saved her job. Steve Honig, a spokesman for the movie’s production company, said:
“It was over. But Lindsay wanted to do this film so bad that she interceded, and she called up her managers and [...] single-handedly got everything going again.”
I can only imagine what the [...] is here. She met with some producers, wore a tight dress, yadda yadda yadda, she got her job back.