It seems as if John Travolta is looking to revive his career — again. The star is said to be circling the developing mob-centric biopic based on the life of John Gotti. The real life New York based gangster became world reknowned during the eighties and early nineties as he moved up the mafia ranks to become the infamous “Teflon Don.”
Over on EW, they spoke to the Gotti film producer Marc Fiore — the CEO of Fiore Films, LLC, who claims that Travolta is in serious talks to play the mobster.
We would love to have him… He’s a terrific actor. John Gotti, Sr. — he’s an icon. And so is Travolta … The Gottis have an image already. People know who they are. You can’t just be a good actor, you have to be a great actor who can become John Gotti.
Fiore also has his eye on James Franco to play the role of John Gotti Jr. He says the actor is in early preliminary talks for the part but according to Franco’s reps, they haven’t sent him the script yet. Weird. Nick Cassevetes is also said to be in negotiations to direct the film, which would be a perfect fit. If handled correctly this project could put him on the map as one of Hollywood’s heavy hitters.
On the surface, the movie seems to be an action laced drama dripping with violence, but Fiore sees it as more. In the end, he describes it as “a story about a father and a son, but the father happens to be John Gotti Sr.” Do you agree?
What do you think of Travolta playing Gotti? What about Franco as his son? Would that be a good fit?