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Update on the “Gangster Squad”/Aurora Shooting Controversy

I previously wrote a piece about the possible edits/changes to the upcoming Sean Penn film Gangster Squad. Since that post there has been a small update on the status of the film and its controversial theater shooting scene (which can be seen in the trailer below… until the studio pulls it down). The Hollywood Reporter is saying that a possible January 2013 release date for the film is now in mind in order to write and shoot new footage. The picture was previously set to release on September 7th, which would put the movie in a position to make an awards season push. Warner Bros. has not verified this information yet, but if the film is moved into the beginning of next year in order to accommodate script changes and re-shoots, I think that will significantly hurt both the film’s box office and its award chances.

More importantly, however, is what those changes will mean in the bigger picture. I won’t completely rehash my thoughts on the matter as I already gave my reasons in a previous post, but I will say that delaying the film all the way to 2013 is still a mistake, even if the scene is left in (which I don’t believe it would be). Just pushing the release date is not as severe as removing the shooting scene altogether, but it still sets a dangerous precedent and caters to the will of a mass murderer. I hope these reports are merely conjecture and that Warner Bros. will scrap all of their new plans so that we can all see Gangster Squad as originally envisioned… but it’s not looking good.

UPDATE 7/25/12 8:47 p.m.: The L.A. Times is reporting that Warner Bros. has officially changed the release date from September 2012 to January 2013. Still unclear on what changes will be made to the film.

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