Movie News: John Travolta's 'Gotti' Gets a New Director; Trailers for 'The Butler' and 'The World's End'

Movie News: John Travolta's 'Gotti' Gets a New Director; Trailers for 'The Butler' and 'The World's End'

May 08, 2013


Gotti: Two years ago, Gotti, John Travolta's passion project about New York crime boss John Gotti Sr., seemed to be a go under the direction of Barry Levinson, with a cast that included Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Lindsay Lohan. That fell through, but now it looks like a go (again) with Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) signed to direct and Relativity Media coming on board as U.S. distributor. There's no word yet on other cast members; production is scheduled to begin on September 9. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Dungeons and Dragons: Warner Bros. intends to make a new big-screen version of Dungeons and Dragons, the role-playing fantasy board game. (Not to be confused with the 2000 movie bearing the same title.) Oddly enough, the studio is 'retrofitting' a script based on another game created by codesigner Gary Gygax, so we probably shouldn't expect too much fidelity to the board game experience. The studio wants to "reboot the franchise for a new generation." Of course it does. [Deadline]

The Butler Trailer: As the follow-up to his controversial movie The Paperboy, director Lee Daniels has gathered an all-star cast for The Butler, with Forest Whitaker as a White House butler who serves eight presidents over three decades. Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Robin Williams and more make appearances. The movie will be served up in theaters on October 18. [Yahoo! Movies]

The World's End Trailer: The concluding film of the so-called Cornetto Trilogy reunites Simon Pegg and Nick Frost with director Edgar Wright for The World's End, which looks like another very clever and funny comedy. The first trailer starts with old friends on an epic pub crawl, and then moves into happily disorienting sci-fi territory. It's due out in the U.S. on August 23. [MSN U.K. via Hey U Guys]

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