Academy Award(R)-Nominated Writer James Toback Added as Executive Producer of “GOTTI: In The Shadow Of My Father”
Salvatore Carpanzano Also Named Exec Producer
NEW YORK, NY–(MediaQuire– September 23, 2011) – Fiore Films, an independent production company, today announced that Academy AwardÂ®-nominated writer James Toback has been named executive producer of “GOTTI: In The Shadow Of My Father.” Toback is also a co-writer of the script, along with Barry Levinson and Leo Rossi. Also added as executive producer is Salvatore Carpanzano, an international businessman who has been instrumental in putting together the financing for the film.
The film will be directed by Academy AwardÂ®-winning director Barry Levinson, with an all-star cast that includes John Travolta, Al Pacino, Chazz Palminteri, Ben Foster and Kelly Preston. Levinson and Toback are the same team that made “Bugsy,” which earned ten Academy AwardÂ® nominations.
“I hope my two decade relationship with Barry Levinson will yield an array of benefits,” said Toback. “I am also looking forward to an ongoing collaboration with Marc Fiore who has shown himself to be a vastly energetic and ambitious producer with a charming sense of bravado, which has, sadly, been rare on the scene in recent years.”
Academy AwardÂ®-nominated filmmaker James Toback is a uniquely original creator. His work as writer and writer-director includes “The Gambler,” “Fingers,” “Bugsy,” “Two Girls and A Guy,” “Black & White” and “Tyson,” which won a special prize at the Cannes Film Festival. His exceptional work with actors has resulted in career defining performances from Harvey Keitel, Robert Downey, Jr. and others.
“Jim is a tremendous asset to this film and one of the most prolific and creative talents in Hollywood, and I am looking forward to working with him on this and future projects,” said Marc Fiore, president and CEO of Fiore Films and producer of the film. “And Sal’s business acumen has been invaluable and a driving force in making this film a reality.”
Fiore Films acquired life rights from John Gotti, Jr., the son of the late mob boss John Gotti, to the story of his life with his father. The deal marks the first time a member of the Gotti family has entered into an agreement to tell their story for a major motion picture.
“GOTTI: In The Shadow Of My Father” reveals the relationship of a father who lived and died by the mob code and a son who chose to leave that world behind and redeem himself. Never before has there been such an inside look at the life of the Gotti family and their world of danger, betrayal and redemption.
Fiore Films, LLC is a film production company with offices in Los Angeles and New Jersey. Films currently in production or development include, “GOTTI: In The Shadow Of My Father” and “Mob Street.” More information is available at www.fiorefilmsllc.com. Updates about the Gotti movie can be found on Twitter @gottimovie.
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