John Travolta's Gotti biopic, which was filmed all around Greater Cincinnati this summer, has been sold back to its production company just 10 days before its scheduled December 15 release. After all, movies leaving or changing distributors isn't exactly a rare occurrence in Hollywood, but those types of deals tend to be worked out far in advance of a film's scheduled release date.
Lionsgate has sold back the film to production company Emmett/Furla/Oasis, which produced it along with Highland Film Group and Fiore Films, reported Entertainment Weekly.
It was due to be released under the Lionsgate Premiere banner, telling the tale of mobster John Gotti, who was head of the infamous Gambino family.
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Bruce Poliquin, who represents Maine's sprawling 2nd Congressional District, said Zinke's recommendation "strikes the right balance".
Directed by former Entourage actor Kevin Connolly, using a script penned by Lem Dobbs and Leo Rossi, Gotti began shooting in July of previous year.
Producers are trying to secure new distribution, The Tracking Board noted.
The producers wanted a wider release for the film so executed the buy back clause when an outside investor offered to release the film in May 2018.