City Of Lies has been shelved, for now. The story of the Notorious BIG scandal starring Johnny Depp and Forest Whittaker has just been pulled from theatrical release – less then a month before it was supposed to open in cinemas.
The film’s distributor, Global Road Entertainment, confirmed to industry press that the film would no longer be released in September and refused to give any further comment. 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”. True or not, things certainly don’t look good for Depp at the moment.
Last month, the location manager of City Of Lies sued Depp (and the film’s director, Brad Furman), claiming that the star punched him on set after getting angry that the shooting permits had expired. Add in the restraining order that Depp’s ex-wife, Amber Heard, still has out, and the recent ugly fraud settlement that saw him trying to correct a “negative portrayal” in a Rolling Stone article, and it’s easy to see why the studio might be panicking.
To make things worse, the recent James Gunn firing seems to have redrawn the rules in Holywood when it comes to personal controversies – all of which doesn’t bode too well for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, or the rumors that Disney is currently developing Pirates Of The Caribbean 6.
Either way, it doesn’t sound like we’ll be able to see City Of Lies anytime soon.
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