“Entourage” actor Kevin Connolly has been set to direct the biopic about infamous New York City mobster John Gotti at Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Fiore Films and Herrick Entertainment.
The story focuses on the relationship between John Gotti Sr., the head of the Gambino crime family who died in prison in 2002, and his son John Gotti Jr. who took over the family business. The younger Gotti served time in prison, but then successfully escaped conviction in four subsequent racketeering trials.
John Travolta is still aboard to play Gotti Sr. in the project which aims to begin production in January. Lionsgate Premiere will release the film domestically.
Numerous high profile names have been linked to the film over the years including Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Lindsay Lohan, Kelly Preston and Anthony Hopkins along with filmmakers like Nick Cassavetes, Joe Johnston and Barry Levinson. Each previous version collapsed due to funding issues.