Johnny Depp's Notorious BIG film pulled a month before its release

City of Lies

Johnny Depp's upcoming thriller about the Notorious B.I.G. murder has been pulled from the release calendar only a month before it was set to debut.

The decision to pull the movie from its release date comes one month after Gregg (Rocky) Brooks, a former location manager, sued Depp for allegedly punching him on the Los Angeles set of City of Lies.

Starring alongside actors such as Forest Whitaker, Rockmond Dunbar, and Xander Berkeley, a trailer for the film was first released on May 21st of this year - Biggie Smalls' 46th birthday - and was set to premiere on September 7th.

The new film City of Lies focuses on the investigation into the murder of the Notorious B.I.G. in 1997.

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Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Infiltrator) directed the movie, which had a script by actor-turned-screenwriter Christian Contreras. Unfortunately, it would appear that the film is no longer slated to be released on its original date.

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.

The studio chose to put the movie on hold as marketing such a film with Johnny Depp as a star would be a challenge right now, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

After a distributor switch in summer 2017, City Of Lies found itself in the hands of Global Road. Add in the restraining order that Depp's ex-wife, Amber Heard, still has out, and the recent ugly fraud settlement that saw him trying to correct a "negative portrayal" in a Rolling Stone article, and it's easy to see why the studio might be panicking.

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