On Tuesday afternoon, reports surfaced that a biopic of mobster John Gotti starring John Travolta was being abandoned by his distributor, Lionsgate, just 10 days before its planned release.
As the news spread rapidly, many concluded that the mafia drama was being beaten unceremoniously.
But, in an interview with Deadline published on Wednesday morning, Travolta retracted, saying that speculation about the fate of "Gotti" was "on the verge of false news".
In fact, according to Travolta, who plays the famous director of the criminal family Gambino, the sponsors of the film, with a new injection of funding from producer Edward Walson, bought the film from Lionsgate so they can get a wider release of what the study had planned.
"Lionsgate was planning a minimal version and I did some research on people who might have the interest and the financial means to launch it better," said Travolta.
"It was not eliminated … Three weeks ago we signed this agreement to buy the Lionsgate movie again, our mistake was that we should have said something at the time, and we discussed our plan for the film. It is so grossly wrong. "
Travolta and Walson say they are about to reach an agreement with a new distributor of the film, directed by Kevin Connolly, and hope to release it in the next year. Cannes Film Festival.
Gotti, known as the "Teflon Gift," died in federal custody in 2002 while serving a life sentence for murder, extortion and other crimes.