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'Gangster Squad' Officially Pushed Back To January 11, 2013; Rewrites & Reshoots Planned

by Cain Rodriguez
July 26, 2012 9:16 AM
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Gangster Squad, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

Well, it didn’t take Warner Bros. long to finally make a decision on “Gangster Squad.” After the tragedy that occurred in Aurora, Colorado -- which happened a week ago tonight -- Warner Bros. went into crisis mode figuring out how to handle the Ruben Fleischer-directed film, which in its climax features a scene of gangsters shooting through a movie screen at the audience. After first yanking the trailer from in front of the prints of “The Dark Knight Rises,” word started flying about possible reshoots and delaying the release to early January.

Yesterday evening, the studio formally announced their plans to delay the film to January 11, 2013 to allow enough time for rewrites and reshoots to restructure the ending of the period gangster film. We can’t say we’re surprised by the decision -- the writing has been on the wall since the beginning of this week -- but we are disappointed that they would make such a drastic change to the picture. We think audiences are mature enough to handle the sequence -- especially since it will now be arriving six months after the events in Aurora -- and there's something to be said about not letting the man accused of the slayings have any more influence in this world.

Either way, the film’s only competition on its new weekend is the Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton-starring fairy-tale-reimagining “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” which everyone seems to have forgotten exists (it was originally slated to open this spring). Presumably, this takes the movie out of the awards race (though it seemed like a Golden Globes contender at best) but perhaps if they lock the new pic in time, some kind of For Your Consideration screenings will be put together before the end of the year. [Variety]

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  • Andrew Willis | July 26, 2012 11:59 AMReply

    Is it too cynical of me to think that maybe this movie wasn't testing well and the studio was looking for a reason to reshoot or re-edit the movie anyway? Then the tragedy in Colorado occured and gave them the opertunity they were looking for. Not only do they save face by restructuring a film that wasn't working, they also look like the sympathic hero. I thought the trailer seemed uneven at best.

  • Cinematic_high | July 26, 2012 2:32 PM

    No no.....not're on the money....WB obviously didn't like what they they used this tragedy as an excuse to fix something they're not happy with...and they got their wish. Fucking pathetic on their part. I hope the original cut makes the blu ray.....or Ruben takes the current version to The Bootleg Man.....

  • John McCracken | July 26, 2012 1:36 PM

    The script was as by-the-numbers and uninspired as you could imagine, so I think you're definitely onto something.

  • McKenzie | July 26, 2012 12:42 PM

    I think this is an excellent theory.

  • Jake | July 26, 2012 12:38 PM

    No. You're one of the few people who aren't blind and are talking sense. The movie obviously sucks. The script was weak and Ruben Fleischer was nowhere near the right director for it.

  • CC | July 26, 2012 10:16 AMReply

    Thank goodness for Blu-Ray.. presumably we'll still be able to see the original cut at home at least.

    This is not a new occurrence though - check the name change for the coming movie The Watch due to the Trayvon Martin shooting.

  • KT | July 26, 2012 9:55 AMReply

    Damn... guess I'll catch it on Netflix.

  • Pudding | July 26, 2012 9:45 AMReply

    30 Minutes or Less was piss poor. January is when studios bury stinkers.

  • actionman | July 26, 2012 9:38 AMReply

    This entire Gangster Squad debacle is becoming an endless cluster fuck. Cutting and re-shooting the film is UTTERLY asinine. It's censorship, plain and simple, and there's something about it that feels distinctly un-American. It's a dangerous precedent to be setting. I understand scapping the trailer and cutting a new one (easy as pie), but to ask a filmmaker to re-shoot and re-edit their film because of a recent tragedy is beyond insulting to everyone who made the movie in the first place, and insulting to the millions of people who would have otherwise seen the film and never once thought about killing anyone. If there is a plane crash a week before Flight opens, is Paramount going to re-shoot the movie and delay it? If there's a bank robbery in the south and some people are killed, is Lawless gonna get tinkered with and delayed by The Weinsteins? There is a TON of reactionary nonsense being thrown around Hwood and in the media over the last week, and this snap-judgement decision by WB represents nothing but an egregious failure to see the real problem at hand. Movies don't create killers. To say nothing of the fact that Gangster Squad is a period film and the context with what happened in Colorado is completely different than what is being depicted in a big-budget, LA Confidential-esque action drama. This is horse-shit on every level. ITts actually really shocking that WB is going this far with the re-shooting/re-cutting. I half expected their statement to get retracted. Question -- if this was Martin Scorsese's Gangster Squad, or Michael Mann's Gangster Squad, think the suits would even CONSIDER this stupidity?

  • Olli | July 27, 2012 1:56 AM

    I agree with every point you wrote about this silly decision.

  • Lisa | July 26, 2012 9:36 AMReply

    That is extremely disappointing.....

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