John Gotti Series Betrayal Currently in Development

Oscar-winning screenwriters Bobby Moresco (Crash) and Nick Vallelonga (Green Book), along with George Gallo (Midnight Run) and John Gotti Jr. are on board for a project which further dives into the life of mob boss John Gotti. Although there have been movies and documentaries made before, Betrayal: John Gotti and the Fall of La Cosa Nostra promises to be different. The limited series will retell the story of the fall of the notorious crime boss of New York’s Gambino crime family. As the face and voice of the largest crime syndicate in the city, Gotti was a notorious crime lord who rivaled Al Capone in infamy.


Known as Dapper Don and later Teflon Don, John Gotti, whose rise as a loyal soldier to Boss of Bosses, is eventually taken down with the help of his former second-in-command Salvatore “Sammy the Bull: Gravano, leading to the fall of La Cosa Nostra, aka the American Mafia. The story being packaged as a limited series will place greater emphasis on Gotti’s last years in a United States Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois, most of which was spent in solitary confinement. While there, he gave orders through his son, John Jr., until his death from cancer in 2002, at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri. The series will also take a look at how the gangs of New York reacted to the fall of the legendary gangster and the chaos that ensued.

Betrayal Could Almost Be Seen as A Father-Son Story

The series will show how Gotti son differed on strategy and the arguments and consequences that emerged from Gotti Jr. giving orders on his father’s behalf. Gotti’s conviction and incarceration was believed, at first. to be the best thing to ever happen to law enforcement. However, it ultimately turned out to be the worst. New York City had become like the “Wild West.” Every up-and-coming New York mob organization, including the Italian mob itself, was fighting for the spoils Gotti’s reign, while he fought to maintain power. A huge vacuum had been created. Little by little, their empire was crumbling, and even Gotti was shocked and blindsided at the depths other criminal families would go to reach the top.

During viewing of Betrayal: John Gotti and the Fall of La Cosa Nostra, audiences will hear never-before-heard taped recordings and transcripts from hundreds of interviews with Gotti. The project will soon be presented to both cable and streaming outlets to find a potential buyer, with Diverse Media Group and Lady Moon Entertainment repping the project, as well as Moresco.