A new film entitled City of Lies which focuses on the investigation into the murder of the Notorious B.I.G and stars Johnny Depp, has been pulled from its cinema release just weeks before the planned premiere.
Depp, playing the role as detective Russell Poole, is joined by Forrest Whitaker who plays the role of reporter Jack Jackson. The film, which was initially planned for a cinema release on September 7, has been cancelled at the last moment, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Directed by Brad Furman, the film is adapted from the 2003 book Labyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implication of Death Row Records’ Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal by Randall Sullivan.
The making of this film has been far from straightforward. Following an incident on set, Depp is facing a troublesome lawsuit after he allegedly punched a crew member.
The crew member alleges that the incident took place outside the Barclay Hotel in downtown LA and, according to the document, Depp was intoxicated: “Throughout the altercation, Plaintiff noticed that Depp’s breath reeked of alcohol,” the suit reads.
Greg Brooks is a location manager for the film production and he alleges that Depp attacked him when he attempted to enforce the pre-agreed curfew on set. According to Book the film only had permission to film outside the hotel until 7pm and inside the building until 10pm.
Having already extended the deadline one, Brooks approached Depp to confirm that filing needed to stop. Then, according to Brooks, Depp became agitated and shout: “Who the f*ck are you? You have no right to tell me what to do! I don’t give a f*ck who you are and you can’t tell me what to do.”
What followed, according to Brooks, was Depp punching him twice in the stomach.
When he kept his “composure” Depp is claimed to have said: “I will give you 100,000 dollars to punch me in the face right now.”
Depp’s bodyguards then are thought to have removed him from the set.
Mr Books is seeking damages from Depp, director Brad Furman, producer Miriam Segal and Good Film Productions after he was sacked from the filming after he refused to sign a document to confirm he would not sue Depp.