In the wake of the horrific assault upon theater-goers during last week’s Aurora, Colorado screening of The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros. is currently “scrambling” to rework Ruben Fleischer’s film Gangster Squad before its planned release date of September 7. Featuring as it does a scene during the climax in which a mob villain fires a gun through a move screen into the film’s audience, Gangster Squad is making Warner Bros. nervous, as the studio feels the image is simply too disturbing/ provocative after the events in Aurora.
Warner Bros. originally convened and decided to simply reshoot and recut the climactic scene in question, but with only a month before the film’s release, there simply isn’t enough time to craft the new scene, reconvene the film’s cast and crew, and then shoot and edit the new sequence into already finished film.
As such, Warner Bros. is reportedly considering a January 11, 2013 release for Gangster Squad, though that date has not yet been officially confirmed—the studio still has to negotiate such tricky waters as the cast availability, not only for the reshoots but also for a January press tour to promote the release of the film.
What do you think of the Gangster Squad news?