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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Warner Bros. Considers Changes To 'Gangster Squad' Movie After Aurora, CO. Theater Massacre

By Susan Duclos

A scene in the upcoming movie release "The Gangster Squad" is cringe-worthy in light of the recent Aurora Colorado movie theater Massacre, where 12 movie-goers were murdered and 58 others wounded after a gunman entered the theater and opened fire at the midnight premiere showing of "The Dark  Knight Rises."

(Trailer video below post)

Via LA Times:

Warner Bros. is contemplating changes to its upcoming thriller "Gangster Squad" in the wake of Friday's movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. during a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises."
The film, scheduled for release Sept. 7, features a key scene in which mobsters open fire on a theater audience from behind a movie screen. Automatic gunfire rips through the screen as horrified filmgoers rush for the exits and police try to stop the mayhem.

Trailers for "Gangster Squad" prominently feature the scene. The 1940s period piece, centered on gangster Mickey Cohen's attempted takeover of Los Angeles, stars Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling and comes from "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer.

After the news of Friday's shooting, Warner Bros. pulled the trailer from theaters. It had been playing in front of movies including "The Dark Knight Rises." In addition, the trailer is no longer available to watch on websites such as YouTube.

Studio executives are discussing the possibilities of pushing the release date and recutting the film to minimize the theater shooting scene or remove it altogether, according to two knowledgeable people not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

The Hollywood Gossip has the trailer and after watching, it is understandable why movie executives would consider changing not only the trailer but the release date and the movie itself.


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