“City of Lies,” Johnny Depp’s upcoming film about the murder investigations surrounding Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G has been pulled from the schedule a month before it was set to hit theaters, TheWrap has learned.
The film was set to be released in North America by Global Road Entertainment on Sept. 7 and no new release date has been set. The studio chose to put the movie on hold as marketing such a film with Johnny Depp as a star would be a challenge right now, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Last month, Gregg “Rocky” Brooks, the film’s location manager filed a lawsuit and accusing Depp of assault and battery on the set in April 2017.
The thriller looks at the murder of The Notorious B.I.G. shortly after the death of Tupac. Depp’s character, disgraced LAPD Detective Russell Poole has spent years trying to solve the crime, while Jackson (played by Forest Whitaker) is a reporter desperate for answers.
In the process of working together, they uncover corruption and lies.
The trailer for “City of Lies” was released on what would have been Biggie’s 46th birthday. He was shot on March 9, 1997 by an unknown assailant in Los Angeles, California.
“City of Lies” was directed by Brad Furman and written by Christian Contreras, based on the novel by Randall Sullivan.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.