Bad news for anyone who's been looking forward to City of Lies, the movie starring Johnny Depp as a detective investigating the murder of the Notorious B.I.G.: the film's distributor, Global Road, just yanked it off their release schedule. It was slated to hit theaters about a month from now, on September 7th.
No reason has been given for the decision, but Deadline does offer the following refresher about some behind-the-scenes drama which may or may not have played a role in Global Road's decision:
"The news comes less than month after the film’s location manager sued Depp, accusing the actor of assault and battery on the set in April 2017. Gregg “Rocky” Brooks said he was repeatedly hit by Depp after being informed that filming that night in downtown L.A. was going to have to wrap late. The 10-claim suit, which also names Furman and producers Miriam Segal, Good Film Productions and Depp’s Infinitum Nihil, seeks damages for hostile work environment, retaliation, and wrongful termination among the claims."
There's also the matter of public perception to consider: allegations of abusive and criminal behavior have dogged Depp for some time now, and directly contributed to the recent social media backlash against Fantastic Beasts 2, which will feature Depp as the lead villain (social media cannot be relied upon as an accurate barometer for the masses, of course, but it is worth pointing out that a whole bunch of social media users have not been shy about their disinterest in seeing Johnny Depp onscreen).
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. We'll know more once Global Road makes a statement, which will probably be sooner rather than later.
Stay tuned for that, and sound off in the comments below if you have anything to add here.