City Of Lies, a film in which Johnny Depp plays an LAPD detective investigating the murder of Biggie Smalls, has been mysteriously plucked from theaters just a few weeks before its release date. But...why?
No one seems to know. The movie was set to hit theaters on September 7, and a new date has not been set, which suggests that whatever stalled the movie’s opening must be pretty serious—if there’s one thing I know about Hollywood, it’s that it strongly dislikes losing large amounts of money.
City of Lies has been beset by a number of problems, stemming, as usual, from Depp. From Deadline:
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.
Depp is also facing accusations by two former body guards claiming that not only did he fail to pay them, he put them in “toxic” situations. Then there’s the entire litany of abuse he perpetrated against Amber Heard. That said, if there’s another thing I know about Hollywood and its unquenchable thirst for profit, it’s that a violent star is still probably not enough to derail the release of what must surely have been a mostly-finished film.
In any case, what if...we just didn’t put Johnny Depp in any more movies? Can we not find another ring-wearing skeleton who isn’t routinely accused of assault?