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Johnny Depp's Biggie and Tupac murder mystery movie pulled from release a month before debut

Johnny Depp’s newest movie City of Lies has been pulled off the release schedule just one month before it was meant to come out.

Distributor Global Road has confirmed to Entertainment Weekly it will no longer release on its planned date, but did not comment any further.

The movie is about the murder investigations of Tupac Shakur and Biggie/The Notorious BIG, and was originally scheduled to release on September 7, which would have made it 22 years to the day since Tupac was shot in Las Vegas.

City of Lies follows a journalist (Forest Whitaker) who is desperate to find out why the case into Biggie and Tupac’s deaths is still open and an LAPD detective (Depp) who worked on the case.

The film has had a few setbacks on its way to (almost) the big screen, with the most high profile one being an altercation between Depp and a crew member.

Earlier this year, location manager Gregg ‘Rocky’ Brooks filed a lawsuit against the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, claiming that Depp screamed obscenities at him and punched him twice on set. Brooks also claims that he was forced to exit the project after he refused to sign papers saying he wouldn’t sue over the incident.

Depp has not publicly commented on the lawsuit.

Director Brad Furman has previously spoken out about the alleged incident, insisting earlier this year that Depp had been a “consummate professional” during their time together.

“Johnny Depp is a consummate professional, great collaborator and a supporter of other artists,” said Furman shortly after reports came to light. “He always treats the crew and people around him with the utmost respect.”

He added: “Movies can be stressful, and non-events often become exaggerated. We all love stories — there isn’t one here.”

If/when City of Lies gets a new release date, we’ll let you know.

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