Rain Man director's new mob movie
Director Barry Levinson has revealed he never considers how much a film will make when deciding on projects.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker, who is working on a new movie, Gotti: Three Generations, said the hits he has made were not viewed as big moneymakers at the start.
"No one would have said that Rain Man, a story about autism, would do what it did," he said of the Oscar best-picture winner, which pulled in 172 million dollars at the US box office. "If you were chasing after big ideas to be big hits, that wouldn't have been one."
Barry added: "Good Morning, Vietnam (which went on to top 100 million dollars) was not perceived that way. Vietnam movies were not exactly red-hot subjects, and then to do something that's got humour running through it. They were very nervous about that piece."
The writer, director and producer has settled on the story of mob boss John Gotti Sr and his son for his next film, with John Travolta as Gotti Sr, Al Pacino playing Gotti mentor Neil Dellacroce, Lindsay Lohan as the wife of Gotti Jr and Travolta's real-life spouse, Kelly Preston, as the wife of Gotti Sr.
Barry said the big-screen saga comes straight from the source.
"You're really kind of getting an inside look from the man who lived it, who in fact was the mafia boss there, and about his father, who was probably the biggest, most well-known figure," the 69-year-old said.
"It fascinated me to hear the stories, to get a sense of the man, get a sense of how he viewed his father."