Studio Pulls Release Of Johnny Depp Film City of Lies

Carla Harmon
August 8, 2018

The decision to pull the movie from its release date comes one month after Gregg (Rocky) Brooks, a former location manager, sued Depp for allegedly punching him on the Los Angeles set of City of Lies.

The film sees Depp play a police detective investigating the murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G. The film was initially slated for a theater release on September 7.

After a distributor switch in summer 2017, City Of Lies found itself in the hands of Global Road.

City Of Lies stars Depp as Detective Russell Poole, the real-life detective who worked the murder case of The Notorious BIG in 1997.

Depp has also faced continued blowback over allegations that he had physically assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard in 2014.

Despite rumours that Johnny Depp will return to the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise for a sixth chapter (even though Disney sacked James Gunn for offensive jokes, which rank significantly lower on the crime ladder than physical assault), there's potentially some bad news for the actor as well. The film was directed by Brad Furman, who worked on The Lincoln Lawyer and The Infiltrator. The crew member also claimed that he had been fired from production of the film after he refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement that would have made it impossible to sue Depp.

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 rumours that Disney is now developing Pirates Of The Caribbean 6.

Citing alleged incidents of domestic abuse and other unsavory behavior, many on social media have criticized Depp's casting in the family-friendly movie, making it abundantly clear that a vocal portion of the moviegoing populace really wants nothing to do with Johnny Depp right now.

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