The real-life story of making ‘Gotti’ is crazier than the movie


With its twists and turns and colorful cast of characters — celebrities and con men among them — the making of “Gotti” is more intriguing than the John Travolta film itself.

Scheduled to officially open Friday, “Gotti” initially got going in 2010, when producer Marc Fiore secured the rights to John “Junior” Gotti’s story about life with his father, the godfather of the Gambino crime family.

Fiore had only one movie credit to his name — “One, Two, Many,” a 2008 comedy written by and starring Howard Stern’s former sidekick, “Stuttering John” Melendez — before announcing he’d produce what was tentatively titled “Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father.”

Over the next eight years, the movie morphed into a biopic of the Dapper Don himself, who died in prison in 2002. It would have three different titles, and go through four directors while amassing 44 producers and one arrest, for investor fraud.

Here are some highlights and lows in the tortured history behind “Gotti.”

January 2011: John “Junior” Gotti and John Travolta, set to play Gotti Sr., dine at the LA restaurant Amici with Fiore and his director, Nick Cassavetes. Paparazzi catch Junior and Travolta exchanging mob-style hugs and cheek kisses as they exit.

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