I’ll give them this — for a soulless Hollywood movie studio, Warner Bros. sure is making all the right moves in the aftermath of the Colorado movie theater shooting. Not crowing about the film’s box office numbers the weekend after the shooting, pulling trailers of “Gangster Squad” featuring a key theater shoot-out sequence, and now, bumping “Gangster Squad” from its September release date because they are removing the previously mentioned theater sequence completely. I don’t know who is currently running that studio, or who they have on their PR staff, but someone needs a raise.
The theater sequence isn’t just any sequence, apparently, it’s one of the movie’s “climactic” gun battles, which means removing it is problematic, and will require reshoots with most of the cast (including star Josh Brolin) present. That means, of course, re-assembling the actors and re-scheduling the film’s release date, which as of now looks to be early 2013, possibly in January, though the studio hasn’t decided yet. Given that January 2013’s only big studio release is the troubled “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” (with Jeremy Renner and Gemma Artertson), itself delayed multiple times, that’s looking likely.
Written by Will Beall and directed by Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”), “Gangster Squad” stars Brolin as an L.A.P.D. cop in the ’40s, who puts together a secret unit to slow down the East Coast mob’s move into Los Angeles. Sean Penn plays the mob boss, with Emma Stone as his moll.
The movie also co-stars Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, and Nick Nolte.
Via : THR