John Travolta should start working on perfecting a thick New York Mafioso accent.
It sounds like cameras will finally roll on the much talked-about John Gotti movie…
“I think we’ve got the money sorted out now,” Gotti: Three Generations‘ writer and director Barry Levinson told me last night at BAFTA LA’s Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. “It’s coming together.”
Travolta is set to star as Gotti, the late Mafia crime boss who was nicknamed “the Teflon Don,” alongside Ben Foster as his son and real-life wife Kelly Preston as his daughter, Victoria.
“It’s not just him, but John Gotti Jr.,” Levinson said. “The dynamic that is interesting to me is Gotti Jr. growing up in the shadow of his father and thinking he was supposed to step up as the next Don and then suddenly realizing that this is not a world he wants to be a part of and how do you deal with that .”
Levinson told me they may even shoot in my hometown of Howard Beach, N.Y. Yes, I grew up in the same neighborhood as the Gottis.
Meanwhile, in other movie scoop, Helena Bonham Carter wouldn’t confirm reports that she is set to reunite with her The King’s Speech director Tom Hopper to star opposite Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway in the movie adaptation of hit Broadway musical Les Misérables.
“Don’t know yet,” Carter said. “I don’t know.”
If it happens, Carter would play garish innkeeper Madame Thenardier.
by Marc Malkin