Andrew Levitas has sent a letter of complaint to MGM
The film, entitled Minamata, was originally scheduled for release in February but it never came out.
Director Andrew Levitas, in a letter obtained by Frist, skriver: “MGM had decided to ‘bury the film’ (acquisitions head Mr Sam Wollman’s words).”
Levitas attempted to get the company to reconsider but alleges he was rebuffed.
MGM has offered a statement in reply: “The film was acquired for release via American International Pictures (AIP), a division of MGM which handles day-and-date releases. Minamata continues to be among future AIP releases and at this time, the film’s US release date is TBA.”
In the film, Depp plays Eugene Smith, a famous photojournalist who is sent to Japan to uncover corporate negligence that led to thousands suffering mercury poisoning from polluted waters.
As well as the Pirates of the Caribbean stjerne, Minamata also features Bill Nighy and Army of the Dead’s Hiroyuki Sanada.
Depp was previously replaced by Mads Mikkelsen for the third instalment of the Fantastiske dyr franchise after a judge denied him permission to appeal the ruling in a High Court libel case over The Sun labelling him a “wife beater”.
Minamata is Levitas’ second directorial effort following nattasang, which was released in 2013 and starred Amy Adams and Jennifer Hudson.