Cassavetes Gets 'Yellow', Walks Away From 'Gotti'
Cassavettes' name lent credibility to the project, which originally perceived by many to feel more like a TV movie of the week, rather than a prestige release. So while his departure certainly creates logistical problems, it would appear that the project is far enough along in development that this shouldn't serve as a death blow to the project.
The studio hasn't had time to run through possible replacements, so allow me to suggest one: John Woo. He and Nic Cage made magic in Face/Off. Let them recreate that magic. (Variety)