John Travolta has fired back at reports suggesting his new movie about mob boss John Gotti has been pulled from Lionsgate's release schedule. He says it wasn't Lionsgate that sought to dump him, but rather, the other way around.
Lionsgate did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment on why it chose to withdraw its support for the film.
The feature film directorial debut of Entourage star Kevin Connelly, Gotti showcases what is described as a breakout performance Travolta as the Teflon Don, head of the Gambino crime syndicate that became the racketeering/loansharking/murder-extortion scourge of '80s NY.
The "Gotti" movie again sleeps with the fishes.
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Lionsgate has sold back the film to production company Emmett/Furla/Oasis, which produced it along with Highland Film Group and Fiore Films, reported Entertainment Weekly.
Lionsgate Premiere had been set to release the gangster film Gotti on December 15th, but news emerged on Tuesday (December 5th) via industry-monitoring website Tracking Board that the film would no longer be released and that the rights had reverted back to the movie's producers.
He continued: "That is the simple explanation for this". The movie - which centers around the activities of the Italian Mafia - was canceled just ten days before it hit theaters because of, in Travolta's words, "fake news". They said no, twice, and I literally begged them to reconsider and they finally and generously let it go.
"Our mistake was we should have said something right then, and discussed our plan for the film", Travolta said.
'There are nice cars and fancy suits in the movie, but we're also showing where all that eventually leads, ' Connolly previously told EW. The project took several years to find funding, with several financiers having dropped out along the way.