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Nick Cassavetes To Direct John Gotti Jr. Biopic


Nick Cassavetes is currently in negotiations to direct a biopic about the life of John Gotti Jr. and his mobster father.

Actor Leo Rossi  is currently penning the script about the complex relationship between Gotti and his father — the flamboyant head of the Gambino crime family in New York.  Gotti Sr. spent the last decade of his life in prison before dying of cancer in 2002. John Gotti Jr. told his father he was ending his life of crim during his last visit to his father in prison.
Cassavetes who has directed My Sister’s Keeper, The Notebook, Alpha Dog and John Q had this to say about the story,“I think it’s a great story about redemption and about America.” 
The project was announced back in September by producer Marc Fiore after securing the rights to Gotti’s story. The plan is to begin production next year.
Here is a bit of background on John Gotti:
Gotti was born in 1964 in Brooklyn, with his mother attempting to shield him and his three siblings from their father’s life of crime. As a young man, Gotti worked in trucking and construction but eventually worked his way up within the Gambino crime family and became a “made man” in 1988.
The younger Gotti served jail sentences of about nine years for a variety of charges, including racketeering, gambling and loan sharking, but was never convicted as a defendant in four racketeering prosecutions between 2004 and 2009. He asserts he’s turned his life around and believes that a feature film is a good means to move beyond his past.
I think that this sounds like an interesting story that will make for a compelling film and will be a different take on mob life.  I loved what Cassavetes did with Alpha Dog.  What are your thoughts?  
Source: Variety
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