After the tragic Jan. 2 death of his 16-year-old son, Jett, no one was expecting John Travolta to resume his high-profile public life any time soon. But with a slew of projects scheduled for 2009, it looks as though he’ll be back to work more quickly than expected. ”As of now, there are no plans to change the release dates of any of his [film] projects,” Travolta’s publicist tells EW, adding that the actor plans to participate in promotional campaigns. First up is June’s remake of the ’70s crime thriller The Taking of Pelham 123, followed in November by the comedy Old Dogs, which costars wife Kelly Preston and their 8-year-old daughter, Ella Bleu. (The French-made action indie From Paris With Love wrapped before Christmas but does not yet have a U.S. distributor.) Travolta has a famously good-natured attitude toward publicity tours, and as an insider who’s worked with him in the past notes, ”his son meant so much to him, so after he works through some of the pain, I’d think he would want to talk about the loss.”
Or, as the case may be, write about it. Travolta completed an untitled memoir before Jett died, and it was slated to go on sale in May. Hyperion Books has postponed the publication for now. Perhaps in time, Travolta will put pen to paper as a means of catharsis.