Nick Cassavetes in talks to direct Gotti biopic

Tim Sweeney

by: Tim Sweeney
December 15th, 2010

It is arguable that the film and television industries have not had a better batting average of quality productions with any genre other than with mafia films. Scorsese, DeNiro, Coppola, Pacino, Pesci, and Gandolfini would probably not be household names without them. With this in mind, a film focused on the life on John Gotti is in the works and Nick Cassavetes, director of THE NOTEBOOK and ALPHA DOG, is in talks to direct it.

Gotti was the boss of New York’s Gambino crime family, and was sentenced to life in prison in 1992 for a vast assortment of crimes, including 13 murders.

The rights to the Gotti story are held by Marc Fiore and Fiore Films. Screenplay duties have been handed to actor Leo Rossi. The untitled film is expected to begin filming late next year and is believed to be covering Gotti’s rise and fall in the eighties and nineties. Gotti died in prison in 2002.

Cassavetes is the son of the late great independent film pioneer, John Cassavetes. Nick, like his father, has been carving out a niche as both an actor and a director. He is due to appear in next year’s ATLAS SHRUGGED based on the famous Ayn Rand novel.

As a big fan of his father, who directed the groundbreaking SHADOWS and starred in THE DIRTY DOZEN and ROSEMARY’S BABY, I look forward to seeing if his son can carry the torch. I am neither a fan nor a hater of his previous work, but a mafia movie is the perfect opportunity for a director to make his bones.

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