Fleischer's 'Gangster Squad' Likely Being Pushed Back to January
The latest update surrounding Ruben Fleischer's LA cop drama Gangster Squad, which may undergo revisions in lieu of similarities to the recent tragic theater shooting, involves an actual release date shift. Both THR and Variety are now reporting that Warner Bros is "in serious discussions to boot Gangster Squad from its Sept. 7 release date to sometime next year." Variety is saying they're looking at an early January release date instead of its current October spot, which almost sounds like they're trying to dump this after they make some revisions to the controversial theater shooting scene in the movie. More ahead.
Details are rather vague regarding this update, since Warner Bros isn't saying much publicly dealing with the repercussions and public pressure following the tragic shooting. But the reports from the trades seem to indicate the release date delay is indeed because they're looking to reshoot the scene. "A move that would buy the studio more time to reconceive and reshoot a pivotal setpiece," THR says. "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." So it looks like it's delayed and getting edited, too.
Many fans and moviegoers seem frustrated and considerably upset that Warner Bros is making this change, based on fear and one crazy gunman. But, it may be necessary given how much the entire nation is grieving, and they are still a business who must be concerned about audience. "Sources who have seen the period pic tell Variety that the assault comes during a critical moment in the film and will need to be rewritten and reshot to work within the narrative." They have to figure out if January is still a good timeframe, and if this is still a good idea, but it sounds like not many really want them to make any changes. We'll keep you updated on their plans with this, but for now don't expect to see Gangster Squad in theaters in September.
Update: It has been officially confirmed by Variety that Warner Bros is moving Gangster Squad from its October release and holding it until January 11th early next year. They add that this shift does indeed give "the studio more time to reconceive and reshoot a pivotal setpiece in which thugs spray machine-gun fire into a crowded movie theater from behind the screen." There will be changes made, and the release is being pushed back, it's definitely happening. We'll keep you updated on Gangster Squad from here.