One of the year’s most violent, gun-infested movies is now poised for reshoots. That is what we are hearing from Warner Bros. in regards to Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad. The film was supposed to be an innocent telling of a story about the LAPD’s efforts to keep the East Coast mafia out of LA; however, it is now straying too close to the realm of controversy as the flick actually features a scene where gangsters fire on a movie theater audience from behind the screen.
That is clearly against the code of conduct for today’s post-Aurora massacre world, thus why WB is set to rework the movie which will inevitably trigger a delay in Gangster Squad’s threatrical release. The current launch date is September 7 as the studio has not yet revealed a new one; however, that could be based on talent availability given the depth of the film’s ensemble.
That said, Gangster Squad is still expected out by the end of the year as it is presumed to be a contender for numerous awards. The extent of reshoots is not exactly known at this time, so it could be conceivable that the film might slide to early next year. Warner Bros. reportedly spent $50 million to make the period effort.
Cast members for Gangster Squad include Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Giovanni Ribisi, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Nick Noltie, Anthony Mackie, Mireille Enos, Michael Pena, and Robert Patrick among others.
Update 7/25: The new release date has been announced for January 11, 2013.