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Reshoots

By Robert T. Trate     July 26, 2012
Source: Hollywood Reporter

The move will allow the studio to reshoot a climactic scene that involved a shoot-out at Grauman's Chinese Theater.
Warner Bros. is moving the release of Gangster Squad to Jan. 11, postponing it from its scheduled Sept. 7 release date in order to accommodate reshoots because of a scene of a movie theater shoot-out in the completed film that became problematic in the wake of the Aurora, Colo. massacre.

The studio announced the release date change late Wednesday. The only other release currently scheduled for Jan. 11 is Paramount's Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton.

The film, which is based on efforts of the Los Angeles police to control the Mafia in the '40s and '50s, included a climactic gun that was filmed at Grauman's Chinese Theater. The scene could be glimpsed in a trailer for the movie that the studio pulled from circulation on July 20 after the shooting that claimed 12 lives.

Since then, the studio has been holding discussions about how to revise the movie, directed by Ruben Fleischer, written by Will Beall and featuring a large cast, including Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin. 

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VTGamehendge 7/26/2012 9:08:05 AM

I'm usually not in favor of decisions like this, but I think in this case pushing back the release date is the right thing to do.  However, I don't really like the idea of changing/removing scenes.  I feel like it's an indirect form of censorship and that's a slippery slope.

swisshammer 7/26/2012 9:10:14 AM

Look, I'm all for paying respects to people who have lost loved ones in that tragedy in Colorado, but RESHOOTING scenes because of it?!?! That's ridiculous. It was a horrible tragedy, yes. But when we start changing things like this because of how we think the media will perceive the scene, then you're sacrificing your integrity a little too much, IMO.

Keep the scene, people. Grow some balls and make the movie you set out to make before this incident. In a year or two, no one is going to equate that scene with the CO shooting.

Hookedonavengers2012 7/26/2012 9:13:28 AM

 I agree VT...back in the day I was upset that Spiderman changed its Twin tower scene and thought it should have been left in. But I think this is proper since the tone of this movie is already dark where as Spiderman was lighter in its subject matter.

Its a good move on the productions part...Bless their hearts.

redhairs99 7/26/2012 9:15:57 AM

 I gotta agree.  Moving the release date is one thing and a good idea in light of what's happened, but changing the story and doing reshoots is completely unnecessary and actually gives that little pyscho in CO more power, which is what he wanted in the first place.  You can't give people like that this much attention/exposure/power.  That's why they do horrible things!

VTGamehendge 7/26/2012 9:33:38 AM

On the subject of the CO shooter, I was speaking with my therapist the other day (don't worry, I'm not gonna flip out and shoot anyone) and in his opinion this guy is probably schizophrenic.  Just judging by his actions before and after the act and his behavior in court.  Schizophrenics tend to be very intelligent and excellent planners.  He was completely focused on the task at hand and then after he accomplished what he set out to do he gave himself up to the police.  Classic schizo behavior.  He had no intention of shooting it out with the police or dying in a gun battle.  He did what he set out to do and then in his mind he's moved on.  Plus he's at just the right age when schizophrenia manifests itself.  He was seemingly "normal" just a few months ago and then he started screwing up in school, dropped out, and became very reclusive.

Just wanted to throw that out there.

monkeyfoot 7/26/2012 11:32:28 AM

VTGame, interesting idea. I'm actually on the fence on whether he is/was legally insane or just a sane psychopath who just decided to take his bitterness out on the world. I suppose lots of psych evaluations are going to be done for months to determine that. He did send a letter out detailing he was going to do this that arrived at his college yesterday. That showed planning and forethought.

On the subject at hand: agree on release date change, no to censoring film. I'm also hoping that director Chris Nolan and his co-writer brother don't censor themselves on any future film projects for fear of how indivduals might take it. I say this but I know if I were in their shoes it would be hard to not let it haunt me everytime I came up with a script with violence or other intense scenes.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 7/26/2012 11:48:09 AM

They found out he had a notebook with very detailed plans he sent to his psychiatry professor but it got held up in the mail room. It had been there since the seventeenth I believe but since it was summer nobody was there to pick it up unfortuanately.  I don't think crazy people plan stuff out that far ahead. Plus he was stockpiling weapons for two months. Crazy people are more spur of the moment.

lazarus 7/26/2012 2:00:36 PM

So might I be the first one to make an obvious point? Is anyone who f*cking goes out of his way to plan and execute the murder of mass amounts of people in cold blood really sane to begin with? If the definition of sanity being that he willingly knew what he was doing and cognative of the actions, maybe. But to me any sick f*ck that can go out and do things like this, insanity is a given. Not an execuse but a given.

Execute the little f*ck as slowly, publically and painfully as possible. This guy needs to be a message for the other sicko types like him. Wanna be a copy cat? Fine we got no sympathy for you.

Dazzler 7/26/2012 4:49:44 PM

Well gee my actions can change the way movies are made.  Maybe I will go out as dressed as Gandolf and go murder some peeps.  Maybe I can get the Hobbit trilogy cancelled?  *sarcasm*

No way they should have changed anything.  Not even the Spider-man thing since it was in a positive light to capture crooks between the towers which was really cool looking. 

People who are that sensitive should not be watching movies they should just hide in caves and plug their ears and cover their eyes.

 

whytedragon 7/26/2012 7:27:11 PM

It is a sad sad world we live in now where the actions of one insane freak can control how the rest of us live. 

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