Gangster Squad Pushed to 2013 in Wake of Colorado Shootings
07.25.12 by Ryan
After the tragic events of last week's shootings in Aurora, Colorado, Warner Bros. has been scrambling on how to handle the release of their upcoming mobster movie, Gangster Squad. The movie, which follows Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin as the leaders of a 1940s police task force sent to take down East Coast mobsters like Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn), depicts a scene where a team of mobsters shoot into a crowded Grauman's Chinese Theater — a scene that has been a part of the movie's promotion since the first trailer but became too problematic for the studio in light of the senseless shooting that claimed 12 lives.
With a September 9th release date still in place, the studio's first move was to order reshoots and cut the offending scene. The latest decision is to push the release of Gangster Squad to next year.
THR reports that Warners is looking at a possible January 11, 2013, release for Gangster Squad pitting the movie against Paramount's Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Nothing is finalized yet, as the studio is still trying to see how they can schedule director Ruben Fleischer and the cast for the reshoots and for doing press in January. Reportedly, the scene in question was a significant part of the movie's ending, and chances are, it could take longer to make the necessary changes.
Screenwriter Will Beall has been asked to come up with different scenarios for the ending, and try to salvage as much of the movie as possible. Depending on what Beall comes up with, and how quickly, and then the scheduling of the reshoots, will help determine the new release date.
Based on Paul Lieberman's article from the LA Times titled "Tales From the Gangster Squad", the movie co-stars Emma Stone and Nick Nolte.