"Gangster Squad' scene depicting a group of gun-totting criminals bursting into a theater and shooting movie-goers has been removed from the version scheduled to arrive this fall. Director Ruben Fleischer's period drama, which stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Giovanni Ribisi, Sean Penn, and Josh Brolin, explores "LAPD's fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s." To replace the missing footage, Warner Bros. is ordering reshoots.
The scene in question is also shown in the trailer for the flick, which has been pulled following the events at an Aurora, Colorado showing of the "The Dark Knight Rises". According to Variety, a few additional changes will be made to the film before its theatrical bow, though it's unclear whether or not the film will be delayed from its September 7th release date.
MTV is reporting that several television networks are pulling episodes from popular programs that may bear a striking resemblance to last week's massacre. Although some critics on Twitter are complaining about such behavior, it is, perhaps, a little too soon for some people to see this sort of violence depicted on-screen. Honestly, it's probably the right thing to do, though it sucks that someone's vision has to be altered thanks to the actions of one lunatic.
If you're at all interested in reading what people think of the changes being made to "Gangster Squad", check out some of the Twitter reactions embedded below. And while I don't necessarily agree with a lot of things people are saying on the subject, I do understand how these sort of changes can rub some folks the wrong way.
WB is reportedly removing a "gun in theater" scene from Gangster Squad. Because that makes sense and will do something.
Warner Bros. deletes theater massacre scene from Gangster Squad. Same way all the violent war stuff had to be deleted from The Hurt Locker.
Warner Bros. to remove cigarettes from GANGSTER SQUAD after learning that smoking kills 400,000 Americans per year.
@wbpictures I ask you to seriously reconsider your decision on Gangster Squad. Don’t let the actions of mad men dictate the work of artists.