Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer had originally set his period crime tale Gangster Squad for a September release, but Variety reports that things have been shuffled around a bit. The film centers on the Los Angeles Police Department's fight against East Coast mafia thugs during the 1940s and '50s. One scene features gangsters shooting through a movie theater screen at an audience, and in the wake of the Aurora, Colorado shootings, Warner Bros. slammed on the brakes immediately.
Gangster Squad — starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin — will now head to theaters on January 11 and see several rewrites and reshoots to either remove the scene in question, or restructure it for a different setting. Its only theatrical competition now seems to be the forgotten fantasy drama Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.
After the terrible tragedy that occurred, the news comes as no surprise — although we tend to agree with The Playlist
about not wanting to give the shooter more influence over our moviemaking and moviegoing experiences. The studio's attempt to balance marketing appeal and genuine sensivity to unfortunate real-life events is an extremely tricky situation (as we outlined yesterday
) — and not something we'd want to face. Where do you stand on the issue of reshoots? Should the company have stuck with the original scene?