Barry Levinson 'wouldn't do Gotti movie without permission'

June 13th, 2011

Barry Levinson would never have agreed to make 'Gotti: Three Generations' if he hadn't got the approval of John Gotti Jr.

Levinson wrote the script for the highly-anticipated project about the late mafia boss John Gotti Sr. and his family but was adamant he spoke to his son before doing it so he could get a real insight into their lives.

He said: "I wouldn't have done it had I not talked with John Gotti Jr. In order to rewrite it, I want the specificity he brings into the personal life of the Gotti family. To have those insights from someone who was that high up, gives us an opportunity to develop a piece of material that feels like something new.

"There's plenty about Gotti we know from the public record, but he can provide the shadings and the mechanics we don't know. He's not telling me the story of John Gotti Sr, but rather the story of the last famous don and the son who follows in his footsteps, comes into power and ultimately decides, I don't want this. How do you get out of that life? It was the end of the Mafia as we know it and here was this guy, trying to breaking the cycle, saying, 'I want to have a life that's not this life.' "

The film - which will be directed by Marc Fiore - will star Al Pacino, John Travolta, Kelly Preston and troubled actress Lindsey Lohan and begins shooting in New York in January 2012.