Director Barry Levinson has replaced Nick Cassavetes to helm Gotti: Three Generations, the true-life crime drama starring John Travolta and Lindsay Lohan.

When Cassavetes bowed out last month due to scheduling conflicts, Levinson, who most recently directed HBO's Emmy-winning Jack Kevorkian biopic You Don't Know Jack, was approached to tell the all-true tale of the Gotti family's criminal dominance.

The project, written by Leo Rossi (who co-starred in the 1999 mob comedy Analyze This), has the blessings of John Gotti Jr., and finds Travolta playing John Gotti Sr., the head of the Gambino crime family. Lohan will play Gotti Jr's wife, Kim.

The plan is to begin production on Gotti: Three Generations later on this year, for a 2012 release.

[Via /Film]