Ruben Fleischer‘s film Gangster Squad is in a difficult position this week, and may have to be delayed or recut in the wake of the horrific cinema shooting in Aurora, CO. Part of the climax of the film features a scene in which mobsters fire at a theater full of moviegoers, shooting out into the auditorium from behind the screen, as pictured in the trailer.

Gangster Squad tells a fictionalized account of LA cops attempting to stop the incursion of organized crime into Los Angeles during the 1940s, but wisely, bosses pulled the trailer from theaters last Friday because of the shooting scene.

This is a project that Warner Bros. was very gung-ho to make, and quickly got together a cast that includes Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Sean Penn. But now the studio is considering delaying, and potentially even recutting the movie.

The LA Times reports that WB execs are mulling the possibility of pushing the planned Sept. 7 release of Gangster Squad, and have even discussed recutting the film to “minimize the theater shooting scene or remove it altogether”.

Now, as we know, recuts are not an easy process, and given the scene’s placement in the film, cutting that sequence might require reshoots, and could hurt the film overall. Perhaps in a few days’ time, when the initial reaction to the shooting has worn off, we can shed some more light on the action Warner Bros. decides to take.

The fact that Gangster Squad’s climax features a scene that reflects the events in Aurora is an unfortunate coincidence, and delaying it seems like the wisest move, but it sounds like some screen-testing may be in order before they make a decision about further changes to the film from there. The studio may see recutting the film as the safest course of action.

Do you think Gangster Squad should be recut?