Gotti Jr., who inherited his father's mantle as head of the Gambino family after John Gotti Sr. was given life in prison for racketeering, plans to tell the true story of his experiences growing up with the most famous mobster in the U.S. as a parent. Forget the Hollywood glamor of 'The Godfather' or the Scorsese style of 'Goodfellas': Former mob boss John Gotti Jr. is set to share the real story behind one of America's most infamous crime families in a movie/documentary/book deal that he plans to pen himself, Deadline reports.
Gotti Jr., who inherited his father's mantle as head of the Gambino family after John Gotti Sr. was given life in prison for racketeering, plans to tell the true story of his experiences growing up with the most famous mobster in the U.S. as a parent.
Having faced his own share of legal hurdles -- four previous cases have resulted in mistrials as well as nine years spent in jail -- Gotti Jr. is now free to share his story, following the announcement that federal prosecutors will not seek a fifth trial against him for alleged offenses including racketeering and murder.
Triplicity Entertainment, co-founded by Tony D'Aiuto (one of Gotti Jr.'s attorneys in his latest trial), is poised to produce the upcoming documentary and feature film, with Gotti Jr. planning to be fully involved in the writing and production process. Both projects will be based on the former crime-head's book, which Gotti Jr. began writing four years ago and which is currently 75 percent complete. An appearance on CBS' '60 Minutes' on April 11 will be used as a platform for Gotti Jr. to launch the book and movie deal, according to D'Aiuto.
Apparently, potential financiers have already approached the producers to help fund the documentary, which will purportedly feature the poignant last meeting between Gotti Jr. and Gotti Sr., before the latter passed away in jail following a battle with cancer. A director for the documentary has yet to be announced, though Triplicity is supposedly aiming for a spring 2011 release.
What remains to be seen is whether Hollywood investors and distributors will be willing to publicly back a man with an admitted background in organized crime, and, for Gotti Jr., whether his desire to reveal the truth could result in some animosity from those still involved with the Mafia. D'Aiuto insists that Gotti Jr. is "willing to go all the way, revealing as much as possible without hurting anyone who's still involved in the street life." Will that new-found honesty result in him "sleeping with the fishes"?
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