Sunday, May 26, 2024

Yanked: Johnny Depp Biggie Smalls Murder Movie “City of Lies” Won’t Open Sept. 7th as Planned


Johnny Depp just got some more bad news. “City of Lies” about the Biggie Smalls murder has been yanked from the schedule by its distributor.

Global Road has suddenly pulled the film, which co-star Forest Whitaker, from its September 7th window. No reason was given.

The film directed by Brad Furman has 20 producer credits. It’s unclear whether the cancellation has anything to with Depp’s problems or something about the film itself.

“City of Lies” is based on a book by Randall Sullivan called “Labyrinth: The True Story of City of Lies, the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. and the Implication of the Los Angeles Police Department.”

Depp and Whitaker play detectives who investigated the murders of Christopher “Biggie” Wallace and Tupac Skakur.

Depp needs a good movie right. His career is a mess other than “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. He hasn’t had a non-Pirate hit in years. His resume is littered with utter flops. To offset the problem, he’s taken a role in the sequel to “Fantastic Beasts” coming this fall. But it’s not the lead, or the second role.

“City of Lies” is either so bad that it can’t be released, or there’s suddenly some legal problem. Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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