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John Travolta to film Cincinnati as New York

Carol in CincinnatiJohn Travolta is set to film a biopic of Italian-American mob boss John Gotti in Cincinnati, doubling the Ohio city for New York.

Gotti rose to power in the mid-1980s as the head of the Gambino crime syndicate, one of the ‘Five Families’ that dominated organised crime in New York through much of the 20th century.

“We are thrilled to welcome the cast and crew of The Life and Death of John Gotti to Cincinnati,” said Kristen Erwin Schlotman, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

“This is just one of many productions we expect to take advantage of the state’s revised Motion Picture Tax Credit, giving producers more incentive to use our area’s unique architecture and pool of talented actors and crew.”

Cincinnati has become a popular double for New York in the last few years, especially for stories with period settings such as Todd Haynes’ romance Carol (pictured) and Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis movie Miles Ahead. 

In the last few weeks the state of Ohio has boosted its base filming incentive to 30% with an annual fund of $40m, which only increases the production appeal of Cleveland and Cincinnati.

The fund is still relatively small compared to America’s top production hubs like New York, Louisiana, Georgia and California. However, Ohio is regarded as a film-friendly and convenient city, especially for films with lower budgets. 

For more on filming in Ohio see our production guide.

Image: Wilson Webb/The Weinstein Company