John Travolta draws attention to the nature of the reports that his John Gotti biopic, in which he plays the notorious mobster, will no longer be released just 10 days before its release on December 15.
The Lionsgate film studio sold the film Gotti back to the production company Emmett / Furla / Oasis, according to multiple reports on Tuesday, ruling out its planned release later this month. On Wednesday, Travolta called reports that his film was abruptly taken out "grossly incorrect".
"Unfortunately, the reports were speculations that bordered on false news," says Travolta Deadline . "Lionsgate was planning a minimal version, and I did some research on people who might have the interest and financial means to launch it better. [Producer] Ed [Walson] is a fan of mine and Gotti's story and I really wanted to see the movie I invited his group, they saw it and they bought it, that's the simple explanation for this. "
The 63-year-old actor insists that the film" was not eliminated ".
"It was not easy to get Lionsgate to give up on her," he explains. . "They said no, twice, and I literally begged them to reconsider and finally, they generously let him go." We signed this deal about three weeks ago, to go back and buy the Lionsgate movie.Our mistake was that we should have said something at that moment and discuss our plan for the movie, we do not anticipate this speculation that is so grossly erroneous. "
The star of Entourage Kevin Connolly, who directed Gotti also closed a report on the movie on Twitter.
In the film, Travolta plays the head of the crime family Gambino, once the largest and most powerful criminal organization in the country. Gotti was convicted in 1992 and died in prison in 2002 while serving a life sentence. Gotti's son, John Jr., is one of the executive producers of the film.