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WB actively looking to bump Gangster Squad back into 2013 due to reshoots

07.25.2012

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It was reported just a few days ago that Warner Bros would be editing GANGSTER SQUAD in order to remove a scene in which members of the titular Gangster Squad opened fire on a crowded movie theater. Only this wasn't just any scene - it was an important moment in the movie's climactic confrontation, taking place in Grauman's Chinese Theater.

As such, Warner Bros has swiftly realized that making the originally planned release date of September 7th is simply out of the question at this point.  The sort of reshoots necessary to write, shoot, and edit what is, in effect, a new ending and the build up to said ending will simply take far too much time to do.  And that doesn't even include how long it might take to re-assemble a crew that includes hot director Ruben Fleischer and equally hot (he's writing JUSTICE LEAGUE) writer Will Beall and a large cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Giovanni Ribisi,  And beyond even just gathering the cast and crew once again, Warner Bros also has to consider if and when they would all be available to do press for GANGSTER SQUAD.

January 11th, 2013 is the date currently being eyed, as this fall is packed nearly overflowing with movies of every genre and the only competition on that date would be HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS.

So what say you? Is this another sad aftershock of last week's tragedy, or an unnecessary step for the studio? And will knowing the cause of GANGSTER SQUAD's move inspire you all the more to see it for the sake of solidarity, curiosity, or not at all?

And as before, please keep any comments that you care to share on point and respectful of our pretty simple rules of posting propriety. 

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Extra Tidbit: When do we get to start seeing Anthony Mackie's name on a damn poster?

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3:10AM on 07/26/2012
Doing reshoots is the worst idea. A delay would be fine as many others have said here as the tragedy, as sad as it
is, will be mostly forgotten in a few months time. WB should just delay the release and keep the film as is.
Doing reshoots is the worst idea. A delay would be fine as many others have said here as the tragedy, as sad as it
is, will be mostly forgotten in a few months time. WB should just delay the release and keep the film as is.
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12:27AM on 07/26/2012
I respect what WB is doing and will be there opening day no matter when the film comes out.
I respect what WB is doing and will be there opening day no matter when the film comes out.
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11:10PM on 07/25/2012
This makes no sense whatsoever. They're re-cutting the ending to avoid seeming insensitive to what happened, but they are also pushing it back to next year. By the time it gets released the whole incident will be so far removed from public consciousness that the re-edit would be rendered utterly pointless. I agree that delaying it may be the best course of action but there's no need to still re-cut it in addition to the delay. Sigh, I just hope we still get the original cut on Blu-ray.
This makes no sense whatsoever. They're re-cutting the ending to avoid seeming insensitive to what happened, but they are also pushing it back to next year. By the time it gets released the whole incident will be so far removed from public consciousness that the re-edit would be rendered utterly pointless. I agree that delaying it may be the best course of action but there's no need to still re-cut it in addition to the delay. Sigh, I just hope we still get the original cut on Blu-ray.
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7:51PM on 07/25/2012
Honestly, I feel like making any concession in the wake of these events is letting the murderer have his way. That said, I would understand if they simply held the film back a little until the events are not so fresh (much like what happened with 'Phonebooth' back in the day). But this? This is wrong, in my opinion. Not sure how it affects my desire to see the film, but I don't agree. I really hope they'll at least include the original ending on the Blu-Ray.
Honestly, I feel like making any concession in the wake of these events is letting the murderer have his way. That said, I would understand if they simply held the film back a little until the events are not so fresh (much like what happened with 'Phonebooth' back in the day). But this? This is wrong, in my opinion. Not sure how it affects my desire to see the film, but I don't agree. I really hope they'll at least include the original ending on the Blu-Ray.
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5:54PM on 07/25/2012
How can they change the ending if this is based on true events?
How can they change the ending if this is based on true events?
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5:13PM on 07/25/2012
WELL, now we know how it ends.
WELL, now we know how it ends.
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5:04PM on 07/25/2012
Obviously its going to be a let down for movie fans as the originally ending sounds so awesome. I just hope they will at least let it be seen on the DVD. I do agree w/ the article though, this could be a potential disaster trying to get everything worked out. But again, due to the nature of the tragedy, won't fault them for it.
Obviously its going to be a let down for movie fans as the originally ending sounds so awesome. I just hope they will at least let it be seen on the DVD. I do agree w/ the article though, this could be a potential disaster trying to get everything worked out. But again, due to the nature of the tragedy, won't fault them for it.
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4:12PM on 07/25/2012

I WANTED to see it

After this I am not so sure. This is a huge blow to film it sounds like. Movies aren't something that you can just edit willy nilly. From the sound of it the movie has a lot of build up to this big Graumans Chinese Shoot out. It seemed like a big set piece the movie was going to use to make the audience go OH SNAP! I saw that scene at the end of the trailer and my jaw dropped. I for one think it looks pretty bad ass.
Now we'll get something that was slapped together really quick... If they
After this I am not so sure. This is a huge blow to film it sounds like. Movies aren't something that you can just edit willy nilly. From the sound of it the movie has a lot of build up to this big Graumans Chinese Shoot out. It seemed like a big set piece the movie was going to use to make the audience go OH SNAP! I saw that scene at the end of the trailer and my jaw dropped. I for one think it looks pretty bad ass.
Now we'll get something that was slapped together really quick... If they actually do reshoots I'm not going to see it. Censorship no matter how you cut it is censorship. Will cross my fingers they release the original version on Blu Ray
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4:04PM on 07/25/2012

Jeezus...

Leave the scene in, my God the tragedy happened. Removing this pivotal scene from the movie does nothing to insult the victims or their family. This is just ridiculous on the studio's part. It's not coming out for nearly 6 weeks. I'm not being mean when I say this, but the shooting in Aurora will be long forgotten by the bulk of this country. AT MOST they should just push the movie back a month or so...reshooting and changing the script is insane.
Leave the scene in, my God the tragedy happened. Removing this pivotal scene from the movie does nothing to insult the victims or their family. This is just ridiculous on the studio's part. It's not coming out for nearly 6 weeks. I'm not being mean when I say this, but the shooting in Aurora will be long forgotten by the bulk of this country. AT MOST they should just push the movie back a month or so...reshooting and changing the script is insane.
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2:32PM on 07/25/2012

at least they're giving them some time to create something new

but just the fact that they're cutting the movie and changing it because of this asshole is just wrong. Again all respect and sympathies to those affected by the tragedy -- but this is exactly what the psycho wanted, and by doing things like this he's getting what he wanted. A total shame, can't believe they don't see that.

They better have a director's cut or something on the blu-ray which showcased the original, REAL cut of the movie.
but just the fact that they're cutting the movie and changing it because of this asshole is just wrong. Again all respect and sympathies to those affected by the tragedy -- but this is exactly what the psycho wanted, and by doing things like this he's getting what he wanted. A total shame, can't believe they don't see that.

They better have a director's cut or something on the blu-ray which showcased the original, REAL cut of the movie.
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11:54AM on 07/25/2012

It's a Lose-Lose Either Way

This is not the first time a situation like this has happened, and it definitely wonít be the last. When a real-life crime happens that mirrors something in a current film, itís always a sensitive issue. And rightly so. And the only time you can really get away with it is if the violence on screen is based on true events, as opposed to a fictitious storyline. Itís just the way it is. At this moment, the majority of moviegoers are probably a little bit nervous entering a theater, because of what
This is not the first time a situation like this has happened, and it definitely wonít be the last. When a real-life crime happens that mirrors something in a current film, itís always a sensitive issue. And rightly so. And the only time you can really get away with it is if the violence on screen is based on true events, as opposed to a fictitious storyline. Itís just the way it is. At this moment, the majority of moviegoers are probably a little bit nervous entering a theater, because of what happened. So imagine a hesitant viewer going to this movie and watching a theater gunfight. That would just be awful, and you canít fault anybody for that. Itís like showing a film of a plane crash while youíre on a flight.

Warner Bros. is in a very rough spot either way. Look at their options:

Keep the film the way it is:
-Release it in September, and receive HORRIBLE press for keeping a scene that directly re-creates a recent, real-life tragedy.
-The movie will most likely flop because people are not going to want to see an uncomfortable movie during a sensitive time.
-Delay in the film for a few months, but risk the same bad publicity.

Remove the scene and change the story:
-Receive high praise for being respectful and sensitive to the victims
-At the same time, risk a little bit of negative press for letting real life influence storytelling

You can make the argument either way, but Gangster Squad isnít based on a true story. So you canít really fall back on that.
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11:38AM on 07/25/2012
They should leave it in intact. In theory it sounds like the best intentions, but really they just need to bump the release date to maybe November, unless they know the movie's bad. I remember right after 9/11, Zoolander (of all movies) had the twin towers in a shot towards the end and they digitally erased them, but New Yorkers felt it insulted the memory. I know these are two totally different situations, but they shouldn't censor it.
They should leave it in intact. In theory it sounds like the best intentions, but really they just need to bump the release date to maybe November, unless they know the movie's bad. I remember right after 9/11, Zoolander (of all movies) had the twin towers in a shot towards the end and they digitally erased them, but New Yorkers felt it insulted the memory. I know these are two totally different situations, but they shouldn't censor it.
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11:21AM on 07/25/2012
I'm sorry, but this is fucking bullshit. I totally get that they're trying to be respectful, I totally do, and I admire them for that. But if we change every movie because someone might be uncomfortable with the scenes involved... I mean, seriously. Might as well remove every scene of violence, every murder, every rape, everything that might potentially trigger someone's PTSD...
I'm sorry, but this is fucking bullshit. I totally get that they're trying to be respectful, I totally do, and I admire them for that. But if we change every movie because someone might be uncomfortable with the scenes involved... I mean, seriously. Might as well remove every scene of violence, every murder, every rape, everything that might potentially trigger someone's PTSD...
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11:13AM on 07/25/2012

Fuck this noise

They shouldn't edit the film OR push it back. It's total bullshit.
They shouldn't edit the film OR push it back. It's total bullshit.
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10:43AM on 07/25/2012
I hope all this trouble dissuades the studio from going through with a reshoot. Look at all the pieces they have to put together to basically re-do a section of the movie. This is going to end up costing them more money than int's worth, possibly ruining the movie they already have, which can result in bad reviews and bad word of mouth, resulting in poor business.

All because they're worried they might offend a few people who have already been offended beyond reparation. This won't change
I hope all this trouble dissuades the studio from going through with a reshoot. Look at all the pieces they have to put together to basically re-do a section of the movie. This is going to end up costing them more money than int's worth, possibly ruining the movie they already have, which can result in bad reviews and bad word of mouth, resulting in poor business.

All because they're worried they might offend a few people who have already been offended beyond reparation. This won't change that.
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10:36AM on 07/25/2012
I'm really torn about this altogether. This is a movie I was really looking forward to. I am all for pushing it back to SAVE from doing reshoots. Maybe said reshoots will be worth it, and I understand very well, that scene could really keep people away right now, but time heals wounds too.
I'm really torn about this altogether. This is a movie I was really looking forward to. I am all for pushing it back to SAVE from doing reshoots. Maybe said reshoots will be worth it, and I understand very well, that scene could really keep people away right now, but time heals wounds too.
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10:36AM on 07/25/2012

Fine by me

if the scene is that important, then i guess a reshoot is inevitable to make the film coherent. It excited to see this one but not so much so that i'm sad to see it pushed back. If fact, this gives it a better chance. Its now not competing with "Lawless" and the January month is usually reserved for stupid films the studios know has no chance competing in the holiday season. I just hope the scenes are included on the DVD or something so that their not lost forever.
if the scene is that important, then i guess a reshoot is inevitable to make the film coherent. It excited to see this one but not so much so that i'm sad to see it pushed back. If fact, this gives it a better chance. Its now not competing with "Lawless" and the January month is usually reserved for stupid films the studios know has no chance competing in the holiday season. I just hope the scenes are included on the DVD or something so that their not lost forever.
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9:54AM on 07/25/2012
I'm sorry, but this is stupid. I understand removing a harmless scene in the middle of the movie, but changing and reshooting the whole ending? You have to be kidding me.
There's so many tragedies in the world, from wars to shootings to plane crashes to anything else that make people die, and yet there's no problem making movies about those. I guess we won't see movies with guns in theaters anytime soon.
I'm sorry, but this is stupid. I understand removing a harmless scene in the middle of the movie, but changing and reshooting the whole ending? You have to be kidding me.
There's so many tragedies in the world, from wars to shootings to plane crashes to anything else that make people die, and yet there's no problem making movies about those. I guess we won't see movies with guns in theaters anytime soon.
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9:02AM on 07/25/2012
Definitely what the shooter wanted.

Censorship is bad kids.
Definitely what the shooter wanted.

Censorship is bad kids.
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9:01AM on 07/25/2012
This is pointless. To the victims of this tragedy, there's nothing you can do to make their pain worse. You think they're sitting around thinking, "Man, life sucks but at least there isn't a gangster movie being released with a shootout in a cinema. That would just be too much".

And this fucking shootout is in a totally different context to what happened in Aurora. To paraphrase Pulp Fiction, "it's just some gangsters doing some gangster shit".
This is pointless. To the victims of this tragedy, there's nothing you can do to make their pain worse. You think they're sitting around thinking, "Man, life sucks but at least there isn't a gangster movie being released with a shootout in a cinema. That would just be too much".

And this fucking shootout is in a totally different context to what happened in Aurora. To paraphrase Pulp Fiction, "it's just some gangsters doing some gangster shit".
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8:57AM on 07/25/2012

Typical Knee-Jerk reaction

Theres no denying what happen in Colorado was absolutely awful but for Warner Bros to do this as though THEY are personally responsible for what happened is a little over the top.

Why not just suspend screening of the trailer for a while or replace that 'offending' clip with another? Yes, I get that this tragedy has slowed down box-office sales for TDKR but taking it out on another movie is wrong.

But hey, 10 years ago Collateral Damage, Wind-talkers, Bad Company and a few others had
Theres no denying what happen in Colorado was absolutely awful but for Warner Bros to do this as though THEY are personally responsible for what happened is a little over the top.

Why not just suspend screening of the trailer for a while or replace that 'offending' clip with another? Yes, I get that this tragedy has slowed down box-office sales for TDKR but taking it out on another movie is wrong.

But hey, 10 years ago Collateral Damage, Wind-talkers, Bad Company and a few others had received this similar treatment, so I guess its only right.
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8:14AM on 07/25/2012

Disagree

It's a tragedy what happened in Colorado, but tragedies occur everyday everywhere in this world. What's going on in Syria is a tragedy, in Iraq, Pakistan, all over the world. Just because something evil occurs do we cancel it out of movies every time? Maybe delaying the release would be better but to change the movie entirely, I don't agree with. Who knows it might be a better movie with the change, you never know. Movies are art though, they make you angry, laugh, cry, happy, they are
It's a tragedy what happened in Colorado, but tragedies occur everyday everywhere in this world. What's going on in Syria is a tragedy, in Iraq, Pakistan, all over the world. Just because something evil occurs do we cancel it out of movies every time? Maybe delaying the release would be better but to change the movie entirely, I don't agree with. Who knows it might be a better movie with the change, you never know. Movies are art though, they make you angry, laugh, cry, happy, they are suppose to evoke emotion. I turned on the local news today and the top story in my area was two young brothers gunned down. Are movies about brothers being killed gonna take a back seat for a while, or better yet, don't make movies with guns in them, or even better let's take out violence completely from movies.
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10:40AM on 07/25/2012
You may feel that way but the general audience doesnt. Remember what the Joker said in TDK, when a bus full of soldiers gets killed, no one cares, but when an old lady gets shot, people loose their minds. Stuff that happen in far away places is a tragedy, but the general public relate to tragedy thats close to home and of rare occurrence. Your reasoning is solid on an individual stand point but you can't talk for a whole nation. The reshoot will offend less people and given that the initial
You may feel that way but the general audience doesnt. Remember what the Joker said in TDK, when a bus full of soldiers gets killed, no one cares, but when an old lady gets shot, people loose their minds. Stuff that happen in far away places is a tragedy, but the general public relate to tragedy thats close to home and of rare occurrence. Your reasoning is solid on an individual stand point but you can't talk for a whole nation. The reshoot will offend less people and given that the initial scene was so vital to the final film, the studio's hands are kind of ties.
2:34PM on 07/25/2012
Nowheredan136,

I am someone who was upset about this happening. I just don't agree with changing a piece of art around so somebody somewhere doesn't get upset. It's like when Howard Stern would get calls from people telling him he's sick and a pervert and disgusting, he would say "turn the dial and switch the station", no one is forcing anyone to watch this movie. If people are offended don't go see the movie. It's not as if they are making a movie about that specific occurrence in
Nowheredan136,

I am someone who was upset about this happening. I just don't agree with changing a piece of art around so somebody somewhere doesn't get upset. It's like when Howard Stern would get calls from people telling him he's sick and a pervert and disgusting, he would say "turn the dial and switch the station", no one is forcing anyone to watch this movie. If people are offended don't go see the movie. It's not as if they are making a movie about that specific occurrence in Colorado. It just reminds me of post 9/11 when the Twin Towers were removed from the reflection in Spider-man's eyes in the movie poster. It's just ridiculous.
7:59AM on 07/25/2012

I agree

This is one push back and reshoot I believe we can all support! Unlike what GI Joe is trying to pull.
This is one push back and reshoot I believe we can all support! Unlike what GI Joe is trying to pull.
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7:59AM on 07/25/2012
Moving the release date to next year and leaving the film intact is a much better idea.
Moving the release date to next year and leaving the film intact is a much better idea.
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7:41AM on 07/25/2012
Not a surprise, considering new reshoots, possibly new script with new ending. Then newly edited trailer and various clips for advertisements, Warner Bros. is better off moving the release date altogether.
Not a surprise, considering new reshoots, possibly new script with new ending. Then newly edited trailer and various clips for advertisements, Warner Bros. is better off moving the release date altogether.
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