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The John Gotti biopic has been in development since the start of the decade, and while the original plan was for it to come out on December 15 of last year (the same day that Star Wars: The Last Jedi dropped), Lionsgate not only postponed its release 10 days before that date, the studio also sold it back to the producers. Now being distributed by Vertical Entertainment, Gotti is heading to theaters in June, and now a new trailer has been released showing off even more of John Travolta's intriguing performance as the man who became the head of the Gambino crime family.
John Gotti is one of the most notorious crime figures from the latter half of the 20th century, so it stood to reason that we'd eventually get a movie chronicling his rise to power. and Gotti is that end result. As this new trailer shows, Gotti will follow the eponymous criminal from his young years working for the Gambino crime family to becoming a capo for the organization to seizing control of the entire racket. Under his leadership, the Gambino crime family became one of the most powerful criminal organizations in New York City's history, and unlike his associates, Gotti didn't shy away from the spotlight. However, as this trailer shows, not only will John Travolta's Gotti have to deal with the authorities trying to toss him from his throne, he must also contend with his son John Jr. (Spencer Lofranco) joining this life of crime, something he originally promised his wife Victoria (Kelly Preston) wouldn't happen.
While John Travolta has kept a steady film presence in recent years, he turned heads back in 2016 for his performance as Robert Shapiro FX's in The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, for which he earned an Emmy nomination. Travolta's turn as John Gotti looks like it could potentially be that same kind of award caliber performance, presenting the man as charismatic, yet someone who should definitely be feared. But even if Gotti doesn't get that kind of recognition, the movie looks like it could be another solid entry in the crime genre. So if you're looking for something different from the traditional blockbuster releases during the summer season, Gotti might be worth checking out.
Originally Gotti was only supposed to get a limited release and be available on VOD, but once Lionsgate dropped the movie, it was changed to a wide release. Directed by Kevin Connolly, Gotti will be released in theaters on June 15. If you're interested in learning what other movies are coming out later this year, head to our 2018 release schedule.