The latest Tupac/Notorious B.I.G. themed project entitled City of Lies has been officially shelved, but not because of Johnny Depp.
According to The Daily Beast reports that the film was shelved after the film’s star Johnny Depp ‘maliciously and forcefully’ punched a location manager is false and the real reason why the film has been placed on permanent hold is due to a warning from the Los Angeles Police Department.
The Los Angeles Police Department is the most politicized police department in the country, and its relationships with financial powers and political powers in the city, and in the state, and even in the country are, I think, unprecedented,’ Sullivan said to The Daily Beast.
‘I saw the way they were able to marshal resources to oppose making this movie…There may have been other things, I don’t think it was based mainly or entirely on political pressure, but [DreamWorks was] clearly scared by the things they were getting told, they were getting scared off this project.’
‘I think Johnny is being made a scapegoat and frankly, it p***es me off,’
The film’s director Brad Furman goes on to say that everything all arrows point to political intervention as the main culprit for killing the project and he also fears for his life.
I can’t exactly prove this, but there are too many arrows pointing in that direction (of political intervention). Too many people have called me, too many cops I’ve spoken to, that there’s no way it wasn’t discussed.’
The director says a law enforcement officer warned him to get a burner phone and cover the camera on his computer.
It has caused him to check his doors at night out of fear for what could happen to him.
The report goes on to say that an ex-FBI agent believes the release of City of Lies could revive Voletta Wallace’s $300 million dollar lawsuit against the LAPD with a win shutting down the police department.