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‘Gangster Squad’ could be edited after Colorado Tragedy

Posted July 23, 2012 by Max in Film News

Welcome to the new age of movies. The first movie to change is Gangster Squad. According to the L.A. Times, Warner Bros. is contemplating changes to its upcoming thriller “Gangster Squad” in the wake of Friday’s movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Warner Bros. has yet to decide whether or not to change the scene. The scene in question?

…features a key scene in which mobsters open fire on a theater audience from behind a movie screen. Automatic gunfire rips through the screen as horrified filmgoers rush for the exits and police try to stop the mayhem.

Gangster Squad is poised to be a big box office movie from Warner Bros. featuring Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling in the leading roles. The film is directed by Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer. After the Friday tragedy, all traces of the trailer have been pulled from online and theaters. Warner Bros. is considering editing the scene out of the movie entirely or calling a re-shoot to create a different scenario. If nothing else Gangster Squad will at least be pushed to a later release date to distant itself from the incident.

Should Warner Bros. edit out the scene entirely? Would we even care had the film come out in June? How do you feel about scenes depicting movie theater violence like Inglourious Basterds after the events of the past few days?

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