John Gotti Jr. Sells Movie Rights to His Life

Stallone's interested in starring
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 22, 2010 9:53 AM CDT
John Gotti Jr. Sells Movie Rights to His Life
In this March 10, 2006 file photo, John "Junior" Gotti exits Manhattan federal court with his brother Peter, left, by his side, in New York.   (LOUIS LANZANO)

Hollywood has produced no shortage of movies and TV shows about the mob, but this one's coming straight from the most high-profile source imaginable: John "Junior" Gotti has sold the rights to his life story. The 46-year-old son of the late, legendary Gambino crime family leader, "Dapper Don" John Gotti, has agreed to a deal with independent production company Fiore Films. Financial terms weren't disclosed, but a film about Gotti's life is in the works with a production budget of $15 million.

Gotti has been tried four times since 2005 for racketeering, with each trial ending in a hung jury. He was released from prison in December after serving nine years in a previous racketeering case. He has said he left the life of organized crime in 1999. These days, he's simultaneously working on a book and a screenplay with actor-writer Leo Rossi, which should be done by the end of the year. Casting should be announced around then, too. Sylvester Stallone has expressed interest in directing and starring. (Read more John Gotti Jr. stories.)

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