Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) is currently in negotiations to helm the John Gotti Jr. biopic. The project, which is being produced by Fiore Films, is currently being penned by Leo Rossi and will reportedly follow the tumultuous relationship between “Junior” Gotti and his father. Per Variety, Cassavetes said of the project, “I think it’s a great story about redemption and America.” I couldn’t agree more. After all, what screams “America” more than spending almost nine years in prison only to re-enter society with the resources required to make a movie about yourself (I digress, of course). As of now, production on the film has an ambiguous start date of sometime in 2011.
In case you’re concerned that The Notebook and mob crime don’t have a lot in common, you might be reassured in remembering that Cassavetes also wrote/directed 2006’s Alpha Dog and penned the screenplay for 2001’s Blow. Presently, he is directing the drama Yellow which stars Ben Foster, Sienna Miller, Hank Azaria, and Luke Wilson. That film is currently looking at a 2012 release.