Warner Bros Expected to Decide Today Whether to Move Release Date for Gangster Squad
In the wake of the mass shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., an industry insider tells Movieline that Warner executives are expected to decide today whether to reschedule the release of the Ruben Fleischer-directed film about the L.A. police departments war against the organized crime in the 1940s and 50s.
And the insider says odds the picture — which stars Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin — will keep its Sept.7 release date are pretty long.
EW.com reported that the studio pulled the Gangster Squad trailer, which had played before some screenings of TKDR film and ordered it re-cut because of a scene in which mobsters fire machine guns at a crowd of moviegoers.
The site also noted that the scene, which is pivotal to the plot, would either be cut or "at least extensively reworked."
That means script re-writes and re-shoots, and our insider says "a lot depends on the how quick the fix can be made."
Given that the film's original release date is a little over a month away, the source says it's looking increasingly likely that the release date will be moved.
A Warner spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment.