Warner Bros. Decides To Push Back The Release Of ‘Gangster Squad’, Possibly To 2013


Just two days after the Colorado Massacre took place at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, CO Friday morning, Warner Bros. began to rethink the release of their film Gangster Squad which was due to be released in early September and features a gangland shooting scene inside a movie theater. At the time, we heard that the studio was considering editing and/or delaying the release of the film. Today we learn that they have decided to do both. WB has made the decision to reshoot scenes in Gangster Squad (they will likely remove the movie theater shooting scene) and will delay the release of the film … possibly to next year.

Warner Bros. has decided to postpone the release of Gangster Squad from Sept. 7 and is currently considering a January release slot. The move is necessary to accomodate reshoots because of a scene of a movie theater shooting in the completed film that became problematic in the wake of the Aurora, Colo. massacre. One date the studio is looking at is Jan. 11. Before making a final decision, though, the studio is currently looking at several factors, according to sources, such as how quickly the cast can be reassembled for the reshoot, concerns about cast availibility to do press in January and the competition on the calendar. The only other release currently scheduled for Jan. 11 is Paramount’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton. The film, which is based on efforts of the Los Angeles police to control the Mafia in the ’40s and ’50s, included a climactic gun that was filmed at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. The scene could be glimpsed in a trailer for the movie that the studio pulled from circulation on July 20 after the shooting that claimed 12 lives. Since then, the studio has been holding discussions about how to revise the movie, directed by Ruben Fleischer, written by Will Beall and featuring a large cast, including Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin. Warners declined to comment.

Honestly, this is probably the best way to go. Time heals all wounds and by January 2013, the shooting will be a distant memory for most. In the end, WB will likely have more success with the film at the box office if they delay the film … removing or editing the film in order to NOT remind people of the movie theater shooting will also enhance the film’s success. I’m not sure what I would decide to do if it were up to me but I honestly cannot fault WB for making this decision. I don’t think many folks will mind waiting a few months to see Ryan Gosling in action in Gangster Squad. My guess is that the folks that were going to see the film originally will still see it when it eventually gets released … whenever that may be.


  • Joanna

    Trent, I have to agree with you. The movie theater scene that was in the trailer hits a little too close to home right now. Like you said in a post a few days ago, this is eerily similar to the first Spider-Man movie where he spun a web in between the Twin Towers. There are many people who at this point in time are probably a little nervous about going to the movies in the first place, let alone go to see a movie where a theater is shot up by mobsters. Pushing it back to next year will let the country mourn and begin the healing process and a movie as violent as this won’t seem as horrific for people to watch.