The John Gotti biopic isn’t out until 2013, but interest in Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father is already high. Media outlets have been keen to get their mitts on the script, leading maker Fiore Films to release dummy scripts.
In a move the mob boss himself would be proud of, Radar reports the studio distributed three decoy scripts “after it became apparent people were trying to get the actual Barry Levinson script.” There has reportedly been several failed attempts by members of the media to get an “authorized look” at what writer and director Levinson has planned.
The fake scripts are now in circulation, foiling dastardly types who wish to reveal spoilers.
Fiore Films says the mafia flick will show the relationship between a “father who lived and died by the mob code and a son who, while brought up to lead a life of crime, chose to leave that world behind and redeem himself and the Gotti name”.
Early on in development, Sylvester Stallone expressed an interest in making a ‘run and gun’ action film, but Gotti’s son, John Gotti III, was keen to stick to a father and son story. Levinson was duly brought on board.
John Travolta will be taking Gotti’s role, and will be joined by (inevitably) Al Pacino as consigliere to Carlo Gambino, Kelly Preston (as in real life, she’ll be Travolta’s wife in the film), and Lindsay Lohan, who a source close to Radar says “is very close to signing her contract.”
Filming will begin in early 2012 on location in New York City.