The Johnny Depp-led, Brad Furman-directed crime thriller feature “City of Lies” has been suddenly pulled from the release schedule a month before its planned wide release on September 7th.
The story explores the police investigation of the unsolved murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls and the corruption within the Los Angeles police department (the Rampart scandal) which the detective in charge of the investigation Russell Poole (Depp) was involved in.
Poole’s investigations led to a cop and his friend who was accused of being complicit in the murder. Ordered to cease his investigations, he quit the department after in protest and continued independently looking into the murder on his own over the years with a reporter (Forest Whittaker) coming onboard nearly two decades later to help. Rockmond Dunbar, Xander Berkeley and Shea Whigham co-star.
No new release date has been announced for the film, but its abrupt disappearance marks another setback for the movie and its star Depp who was sued for allegedly assaulting the film’s location manager along with the other ongoing legal disputes with former lawyers and managers and the settling of a highly public divorce in 2016.