What is City of Lies about and is it a true story?

CITY of Lies is a 2018 American crime film directed by Brad Furman and written by Christian Contreras

The film, which was delayed two years in release, has recently hit screens.

What is City of Lies about?

City of Lies is a 2018 American crime film directed by Brad Furman and written by Christian Contreras.

It's based on Based on Randall Sullivan’s 2002 book “LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implication of Death Row Records’ Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal,”

Johnny Depp plays Russell Poole, a retired LAPD detective who teams up with  Forest Whitaker as journalist Jack Jackson. Rockmond Dunbar and Neil Brown Jr also star in the film.

The film, set in 1997, tells the story of detective Poole working the homicide investigations of rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. 

Jackson, a reporter, teams up with Poole after nearly two decades to uncover the truth as to what happened to the music legends.

Is City of Lies a true story?

City of Lies is based on a true story with some fictional elements.

Whitaker’s Jack Jackson is a fictionalized character but inspired by Sullivan, whose "dogged reporting opened the can of worms let loose here and fueled Poole’s continuing work until he died in 2015," wrote Deadline.

It touches on the institutional corruptness of the LAPD at the time, and the threats that Poole received for following leads his colleagues didn't approve.

The incidents of Tupac and Biggie's death are real, high-profile murder cases.

Tupac, from California, was murdered in a drive-by shooting in 1996.

He was gunned down at a Las Vegas intersection by a shooter in a white Cadillac with four passengers.

The rapper was shot four times, in the chest, arm and thigh, and died of his injuries six days later in hospital after slipping into a coma.

Cops believed "gangbanger" Orlando "Baby Lane" Anderson was responsible but police paperwork revealed they are actively looking for "suspects."

Following the death of Tupac in September 1996, Biggie was accused of being involved in his shooting.

Biggie was then murdered in similar circumstance six months later on March 9, 1997, in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles.

He was 24 at the time of his death.

Why was City of Lies pulled in 2018?

In August 2018, the film was pulled from the schedule reportedly due to an ongoing lawsuit involving Depp and the film's location manager.

They allegedly eventually settled the $25 million suit in order to avoid a trial.

Before it's 2021 release, the film was said to be "plagued" with behind-the-scenes drama.

In July 2018, it was reported that crew member Gregg “Rocky” Brooks had filed a lawsuit against Depp, "alleging that Depp punched him twice in a drunken tirade during filming last April," wrote Vanity Fair.

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How can I watch City of Lies?

City of Lies has been released on VOD platforms, and it is available to buy or rent on FandangoNOW, iTunes, AppleTV, Google Play.

You can also catch the film in a theatre near you; checkout show timings and buy tickets here.

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