"City of Lies" starred Depp as the detective investigating Notorious B.I.G.'s unsolved murder and was set to open in wide release September 7.
The film's loss of a guaranteed release date comes as the latest blow to the actor who was once one of Hollywood's most bankable stars.
So yeah, releasing the film in the midst of a lawsuit probably isn't the best of ideas.
This news happens to come just a month after Johnny Depp was sued by a location manager for the film who accused the actor of punching and verbally assaulting him. It's unclear if that's what contributed to "City of Lies" getting yanked from the schedule, though. I wonder if Depp attacking a random co-worker will change any of his die-hard fans' minds about the allegations that he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard?
The film had a hard production process with Depp allegedly assaulting a crew member, former location manager Greg "Rocky" Brooks, on set in Los Angeles. Depp isn't the only person included in that lawsuit, which also names director Brad Furman and several of the film's producers, with damages being sought for wrongful termination, retaliation, and the cultivation of a hostile work environment.
Indiewire quotes "a source close to the production" that the problem stems from Depp's recent bad press: "With the climate around Depp right now, the studio chose to hold back releasing the movie until the situation improves or is resolved". Depp had made a surprise appearance in costume as Grindelwald during a San Diego Comic-Con panel last month to help promote the film.
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