Crime thriller City of Lies, an investigation into the murders of hip-hop rivals Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Sahkur, is not going to make its September 7 United States release date, according to distributor Global Road Entertainment.
As Variety reports, a spokesman for spokesman for the distribution company, Global Road Entertainment, has now revealed that the film has been pulled from the upcoming release schedule, with a new date not yet revealed.
With Johnny Depp as Russell Poole, a retired LAPD detective who investigated the high-profile murder of rapper Christopher "B.I.G".
Johnny Depp's Notorious B.I.G. movie, City of Lies, has been pulled-at least temporarily.
Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Infiltrator) directed the movie, which had a script by actor-turned-screenwriter Christian Contreras. Last month, he was sued for allegedly punching location manager Greg "Rocky" Brooks on the film's Los Angeles set.
Indiewire quotes "a source close to the production" that the problem stems from Depp's recent bad press: "With the climate around Depp right now, the studio chose to hold back releasing the movie until the situation improves or is resolved". In July, he settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit with his former business managers for "gross misconduct".
Despite the uncertain fate of City of Lies, Depp's presence doesn't look to derail the opening of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald later this fall, in which Depp plays Gellert Grindelwald.
"City Of Lies" was also supposed to arrive in United Kingdom cinemas on Friday 7 September, and its future here also remains unclear. Depp denied the allegations and Heard later issued a joint statement with her ex-husband saying "there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm".