"I invited his group, they saw it and bought it".
Lionsgate Premiere was set to open "Gotti" on December 15, but news broke yesterday on the Tracking Board that the film would no longer be released and that distribution rights were being reverted back to producers Travolta has weighed in on the release controversy in an interview with Deadline and denies the film was suddenly dropped.
John Travolta headlines the film, along with Kelly Preston, William DeMeo. "We didn't anticipate this speculation that is so grossly wrong". The movie, directed by "Entourage" star Kevin Connolly, was shot mostly in Cincinnati in the summer of 2016.
The film has drawn next to no buzz or awards chatter, there'd been little promotion of it outside of the one trailer for Gotti, and no one, by all indications, has seen it.
"Unfortunately, the reports were speculation bordering on fake news", Travolta said.
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He also told the The News he could not comment on whether or not Lionsgate was compensated for its investment to the movie.
"It is not a common thing", film producer and consultant Kathryn Arnold told the Daily News of the purchase.
Travolta says he found a partner in Edward Wilson, who has produced films like Woody Allen's "Cafe Society" and "Wonder Wheel". Travolta said there was "something humane" about Gotti, and that the theme of the movie is how a leader acts when fronting an organization which is expected to behave ostentatiously. Attorney Gerald Schargel follows Gotti and his brother Peter Gotti, at left. And he strenuously denied that Lionsgate had made a decision to back out of releasing the film out of concern for Travolta's long-standing ties to the Church of Scientology or recently unearthed accusations of sexual misconduct.
"It's a bold move", she continued.
"It's a supreme piece of work I thought deserves proper recognition".