John Travolta’s ‘Gotti’ biopic axed just ten days before release

Lionsgate have cut ties with the project for an undisclosed reason

John Travolta‘s upcoming biopic on Gambino crime family boss John Gotti has lost its distributor just 10 days before its planned release date.

Gotti was set for a December 15 release via Lionsgate, but the movie company has since sold the film back to its producers Emmett/Furla/Oasis. A new distribution deal is expected to be found, but it looks unlikely that the film will make its scheduled December 15 release.

Lionsgate did not specify a reason for the sale, Vulture reports, while Deadline report that the sale was due to conflict in the distribution plans for the film.

Gotti has been in production since 2016, but was originally announced back in 2011.

The film will centre on Gotti Jr‘s decision to leave the family business, chronicling a series of trials which saw him narrowly escape going to prison. Gotti Jr is apparently keen to use the film to restore his reputation. Travolta also arranged a sit-down meeting with widow Victoria Gotti for further approval.

The meeting took place in Gotti’s Queens residence, where the late crime boss lived while running the Gambino crime family prior to being jailed in 1992. Gotti died in prison in 2002.