City of Lies

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City of Lies
City of Lies Official Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBrad Furman
Produced by
  • Miriam Segal
  • Paul Brennan
  • Stuart Manashil
Screenplay byChristian Contreras
Based onLAbyrinth
by Randall Sullivan
Starring
Music byChris Hajian
CinematographyMonika Lenczewska
Edited byLeo Trombetta
Production
company
Distributed byGlobal Road Entertainment
Release date
  • 8 December 2018 (2018-12-08) (Como

)

Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

City of Lies is an upcoming American drama police crime film directed by Brad Furman and written by Christian Contreras. It is based on the book LAbyrinth by Randall Sullivan, about the murder investigations of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. The film stars Johnny Depp as retired detective LAPD Russell Poole, with Forest Whitaker, Rockmond Dunbar and Neil Brown Jr. also starring. Originally set to be released on September 7, 2018 by Global Road Entertainment, it was pulled off the schedule in August 2018; no new date has been announced.

Plot[edit]

The film tells the story of American hero and former LAPD detective, Russell Poole (Johnny Depp), who in 1997 is working the murder cases of rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. A reporter (based on journalist Randall Sullivan's collaboration with Russell Poole[1]), "Jack" Jackson, teams up with Poole after nearly two decades to find out the truth.[2]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Depp plays forrmer LAPD detective Russell Poole

On February 4, 2013, it was reported that Miriam Segal's British production company Good Films had bought the film rights to Randall Sullivan's non-fiction book LAbyrinth, about the police corruption in Los Angeles involving the Russell Poole investigation of the unsolved murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.[12] On September 7, 2016, Johnny Depp was reportedly cast in the film to play Poole, the Los Angeles police detective who investigated the murders of the rappers.[3] Brad Furman was announced to be directing the film from a script adapted by Christian Contreras.[3] On September 19, Open Road Films acquired the film's US distribution rights, and would co-finance the film along with Miramax, while Good Universe would handle the film's international sales.[2]

Casting[edit]

On November 11, 2016, Rockmond Dunbar was cast in the film to play Dreadlocks, while on November 16, Forest Whitaker also joined the film to play the journalist who teams up with the police officer to uncover the truth.[5][4] On November 17, Neil Brown Jr. was cast in the film to play police office Rafael Pérez.[6] Xander Berkeley, Shea Whigham, Wynn Everett, and Toby Huss were cast in the film on December 13, while two days later Louis Herthum and Shamier Anderson also joined the film, with Herthum playing a city attorney who defends Poole on trial and Anderson playing corrupt LAPD officer David "D. Mack" Mack.[7][8] On January 6, 2017, Amin Joseph joined the film to play police officer Kevin Gaines, and on January 18, Laurence Mason to play an FBI agent, Dunton.[9][10] On January 23, 2017, newcomer Joseph Ferrante joined the film for an unspecified role.[11]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography on the film began on December 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.[13] Principal photography wrapped in May 2017.

Release[edit]

The first trailer for the film, originally titled LAbyrinth, was released on May 21, 2018, which would have been The Notorious B.I.G.'s 46th birthday.[14] Following the merger between Open Road Films and IM Global to form Global Road Entertainment, the film was retitled City of Lies and given a release date of September 7, 2018, 22 years after the Tupac Shakur Las Vegas shooting.[15] However, in August 2018, the film was pulled from the schedule due to an ongoing lawsuit involving Depp and the film's location manager; no replacement date was announced.[16] On August 29, 2018, another lawsuit was filed by Bank Leumi for claimed owed millions of unpaid guarantees by pulling the film from release.[17]

City of Lies received its premiere when was screened out of competition at the Noir Film Festival as closing film of the event. During its premiere the film received positive reviews. [18][19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jmix/JesseSurratt Productions (2017-06-14), Author Randall Sullivan Speaks On LAbyrinth The NEW Russell Poole Movie Starring Johnny Depp, retrieved 2017-07-15
  2. ^ a b c d Kroll, Justin (September 19, 2016). "Open Road Acquires Johnny Depp Crime Thriller 'Labyrinth'". Variety. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Kit, Borys (September 7, 2016). "Johnny Depp to Star in Notorious B.I.G.-Tupac Thriller 'Labyrinth'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Jr, Mike Fleming (November 16, 2016). "Forest Whitaker Joins Johnny Depp In Tupac/Notorious BIG Murder Drama 'LAbyrinth'". Deadline. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  5. ^ a b N'Duka, Amanda (November 11, 2016). "Rockmond Dunbar Joins Biggie-Tupac Thriller 'LAbyrinth'; Richard Robichaux Cast In 'Ocean's Eight' & 'Last Flag Flying'". Deadline. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  6. ^ a b N'Duka, Amanda (November 17, 2016). "'Straight Outta Compton's Neil Brown Jr. Heads To 'LAbyrinth'". Deadline. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e N'Duka, Amanda (December 14, 2016). "'LAbyrinth' Adds To Its Cast As Production Begins; Shioli Kutsuna Joins 'The Outsider'". Deadline. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c N'Duka, Amanda (December 15, 2016). "Louis Herthum & Shamier Anderson Cast In 'LAbyrinth'". Deadline. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  9. ^ a b N'Duka, Amanda (January 7, 2017). "Amin Joseph Cast In 'LAbyrinth'; Shioli Kutsuna Joins Indie Film 'Oh Lucy!'". Deadline. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  10. ^ a b N'Duka, Amanda (18 January 2017). "'Soldado' Cast 'Teen Wolf' Actor Ian Bohen; Laurence Mason Boards 'LAbyrinth'". Deadline. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  11. ^ a b N'Duka, Amanda (January 23, 2017). "Netflix's 'Come Sunday' Adds Stacey Sargeant; Joseph Ferrante Cast In 'LAbyrinth'". Deadline. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  12. ^ Kemp, Stuart (February 4, 2013). "U.K.'s Good Films Buys Rights to L.A. Cop Corruption Novel 'LAbyrinth'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  13. ^ Evry, Max (January 13, 2017). "First Look at Johnny Depp and His Mustache in LAbyrinth". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  14. ^ Carson, Rene (May 21, 2018). "New trailer for Johnny Depp/Forest Whitaker murder mystery City of Lies now online". Film Fetish. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  15. ^ Frater, Patrick (2018-05-09). "Johnny Depp's 'City of Lies' Acquired for China". Variety. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  16. ^ Hipes, Patrick (August 6, 2018). "Johnny Depp's 'City Of Lies' Movie Pulled From Release Schedule". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  17. ^ https://www.thewrap.com/global-road-miramax-sued-by-bank-over-refusal-to-releasecity-of-lies/
  18. ^ http://www.noirfest.com/2018/Concorso.asp?id_dettaglio=1298&lang=
  19. ^ https://www.universalmovies.it/noir-in-festival-recensione-di-city-of-lies-lora-della-verita-con-johnny-depp/amp/

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