Director Nick Cassavetes Pulls Out of Gotti Biopic

The director had a scheduling conflict with his project “Yellow”

Nick Cassavetes won't, as it turns out, direct "Gotti: Three Generations," the upcoming biopic of mobster John Gotti.

A spokesman for producer Marc Fiore told TheWrap that Cassavetes has been working on the movie "Yellow" for some time, and that a scheduling conflict arose. In the past few days, Fiore released Cassavetes from doing the film.

Fiore is looking for a new director.

Cassavetes wrote and is directing "Yellow," a dramedy starring Ben Foster, Sienna Miller, Hank Azaria and Luke Wilson.

He also wrote and directed the 2009 "My Sister's Keeper" and the 2006 "Alpha Dog." He directed the 2004 "The Notebook" and wrote the 2001 "Blow."

The Gotti biopic stars John Travolta and Joe Pesci.

Actor-writer Leo Rossi wrote the screenplay.

The movie focuses on the head of the Gambino crime family, and his relationship with his son, John Gotti Jr., who became a "made man" when he was 24.

Fay Devlin, Michael Froch, Rob Logozio, Marty Ingels, Anson Downes, Linda Favila are executive producers. ICM is handling worldwide sales.