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. Now, the film has been pulled from release in theaters, The Hollywood Reporter notes.
"City of Lies" had been scheduled for release September 7, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, that release has been pushed back with no new date set. The film stars Depp as disgraced cop Russell Poole, who's haunted by one unsolved case: the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.
It's also possible that City of Lies is being relocated to a later release date that hasn't yet been established, or that it's being sold off to Netflix like a number of other recent (unloved) studio efforts. Forest Whitaker plays a journalist who is investigating the murders. It's unclear if that's what contributed to "City of Lies" getting yanked from the schedule, though.
Representatives for Furman, Depp, and Good Film Productions did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Depp allegedly verbally and physically assaulted Brooks, then offered him $100,000 to punch him in the face. Brooks also alleges that the actor's breath "reeked of alcohol". Last month, Depp was sued for assault and battery by the film's location manager Gregg "Rocky" Brooks.
"In spite of fans voicing their concerns online about his presence in the movie after allegations of physically abusive behavior involving ex-wife Amber Heard emerged, the actor received applause and cheers from the Hall H crowd", says THR.