By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 18, 2011 at 7:56AM
Looks like Nick Cassavetes won't be getting down and dirty with the Gotti family after all.
Variety reports that Cassavetes has "been released from his contract" to direct "Gotti: Three Generations" that has John Travolta and Joe Pesci set to star and Lindsay Lohan circling a role. Good old "scheduling conflicts" have been cited, with the director's indie flick "Yellow" being named as the culprit. Seems a little odd though considering that film wrapped last fall -- first images and synopsis hit a couple of months ago. We would presume everyone knew what the proposed start date was for 'Gotti' so we're wondering what the real story is here.
Anyway, with the talent on board, it shouldn't be too difficult to find another director and we'd guess one will be named soon. As for Cassavetes, he's eyeing the Rick Ross biopic and he'll next appear in a cameo spot in "The Hangover Part II" which opens on Memorial Day.