The Hollywood Reporter says that Johnny Depp’s upcoming film City of Lies won’t be released on September 7th like it was originally supposed to. Its production company Global Road Entertainment erased it off their release schedule. And it’s not known when it will see the light of day (or the dark of cinema, if you will).
City of Lies focuses on Johnny, who is playing real-life retired detective LAPD Russell Poole, as he investigates and tries to solve the 1996/1997 murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.
— City of Lies (@CityofLiesMovie) May 21, 2018
Johnny is in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, scheduled for release on November 26th. Warner Bros. has made no mention of pushing that date or pulling it altogether, so this situation is specific to Global Road. But if you take a look at what Johnny’s summer has been like, there might be some clues as to why Global Road didn’t want to deal with a possibly-messy press tour at the moment.
Johnny is currently suing a British tabloid for alleging he beat his then-wife Amber Heard. Johnny shot back accusing Amber of punching him. Last month, a location manager name Gregg “Rocky” Brooks sued Johnny for allegedly assaulting him on the set of City of Lies in May. Gregg Brooks claims that Johnny was very drunk when he punched Gregg twice in the ribcage, and offered $100,000 to punch Johnny back. And then there was Johnny’s train wreck of a Rolling Stones interview, in which Johnny came off like Richie Rich’s lunatic druggy uncle.
On the upside, Johnny recently wrapped up a very dramatic fight against his former business managers last month, which is good. That’s one less piece of drama off his plate.
I’s all speculation at this point. Global Road hasn’t said why they pulled the film or for how long. It could be permanent. Maybe the film is garbage? Or maybe it’s just for a couple of months. My guess is the second one. They probably underestimated the time it would take to scrub Johnny down with CLR Grease Magnet and de-hobo his teeth and hair in time for the film’s premiere. I’d say they’re looking at about 6 weeks.