Gangster Squad Reshoots Scheduled for Later This Month
08.12.12 by Ryan
In the wake of the tragic shootings in Aurora, Colo., last month Warner Bros. ordered reshoots on their upcoming mobster movie, Gangster Squad, so they could replace a scene where a group of mobsters shoot into a crowded Grauman's Chinese Theatre, a scene that was deemed too similar to the July 20 massacre. The studio then delayed the movie until 2013 while screenwriter Will Beall came up with different scenarios for the movie's ending. Apparently, Beall has come up with an agreeable alternative, with reshoots scheduled to begin on August 20 according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Based on Paul Lieberman's LA Times article titled "Tales From the Gangster Squad", the movie 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). Despite the factual nature of the movie, the Grauman's scene was fictional, yet became the centerpiece of the movie's ending and was showcased in the movie's promotion since the first trailer.
The solution to the movie's ending is to move the location to L.A.'s Chinatown. Brolin and Gosling, along with other Squad members Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Michael Pena will be present for the reshoots, along with Troy Garity, who plays a character named One-Eyed Assassin, which we'll assume isn't one of the good guys. The reshoots will last for five days, all taking place at night. Presumably, director Ruben Fleischer will oversee the reshoots.
Co-starring Emma Stone, Nick Nolte and Giovanni Ribisi, Gangster Squad is now set for release on Jan. 11.