'Gangster Squad' may be heavily edited over theater shooting
While Madonna is pretending to gun down an indifferent Scottish audience, Warner Bros. is discussing what to do with its star-studded epic Gangster Squad in the wake of the shootings in Colorado. Since it includes a pivotal scene in which mobsters open fire on a theater audience from behind the screen, pushing back the Sept. 7 release date is the least they will be doing.
The studio's execs were meeting Monday to discuss the future of the epic, which features Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Josh Brolin in a 1940s period tale about real-life gangster Mickey Cohen's battle with the LAPD, the L.A. Times reports. The trailer, which features the shooting, was pulled from movies (including The Dark Knight Rises) and YouTube, although The Juice* found a copy you can watch above (the scene starts at about the 2-minute mark).
Warner Bros. already is considering canceling a test screening for later this month, because they plan to either recut the theater shooting sequence or, if their pockets are deep enough, reshooting the entire scene. That will be a tall order, however, because the crime is central to the plot.
This is the second time this summer the news has affected a big release. The Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn/Jonah Hill vehicle The Watch, about suburban schlubs uncovering an alien invasion, was pushed back and had a title change from its original Neighborhood Watch after the Trayvon Martin shooting.
The Juice* can only point out that turning your entire plot on a scene involving a mass murder of people in a movie theater to be watched by people in a movie theater is pretty grisly as it is. Good thing they didn't show the gangsters having an orgy, lest the MPAA give the movie an NC-17.