Distributor Global Road Entertainment confirmed to industry press on Monday that the film would no longer be released in the U.S. on 7 September as planned but did not give further comment or any indication of a new release date.
Amid a time of very bad press for Johnny Depp, the star's upcoming movie about the death of rapper Notorious B.I.G., "City of Lies", has been pulled from the schedule just a month before it was supposed to hit theaters.
According to reports, the hip-hop film has had its originally scheduled early September debut date removed. The film based on the true story behind the investigation into the murder of rap star Notorious BIG, also stars Forest Whitaker. Depp plays LAPD Detective Russell Poole, who retired in disgrace after being unable to solve the infamous murders of the two iconic rappers.
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.
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The trailer for City Lies - which is directed by Brad Furman - was dropped on 21 May, which would have been Biggie's 46th birthday. Last month, Depp was sued for allegedly assaulting location manager Greg "Rocky" Brooks on the movie's Los Angeles set.
The enigmatic actor's has had a hard summer, including a Rolling Stone story that called his lifestyle and finances into question; ongoing fallout from domestic violence allegations made in 2016 by his ex-wife Amber Heard; as well as a lawsuit stemming from the shooting of City of Lies.
The controversy around Depp came up around the announcement of his casting in the movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald as well.