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
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)

(Newser) – 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.