Cassavetes Quits Gotti Biopic

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April 18, 2011 | 6:00pm EST

The John Gotti biopic starring John Travolta as the mob boss has been whacked by its director – Nick Cassavetes has quit the project just a week after hosting a press conference to announce the cast.
Trade paper Variety reports scheduling conflicts with another project forced Cassavetes to step down, but the film will be going ahead, as planned, with another director.

Travolta has committed to stay with the project, and Joe Pesci is on board to play Gotti sidekick Angelo Ruggiero. Lindsay Lohan is in talks to play Gotti’s daughter Victoria.