In the wake of the shooting that occurred in a Colorado theater during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros. is reportedly considering either editing scenes out of their upcoming Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling-starring film Gangster Squad, or pushing the release date back altogether.
According to the LA Times, the scene that WB is considering cutting is one in which "mobsters open fire on a theater audience from behind a movie screen...automatic gunfire rips through the screen as horrified filmgoers rush for the exits and police try to stop the mayhem." The scene, which serves as a climactic point in the film and is important to the narrative arc, is featured prominently in trailers for the film.
The film is scheduled for a September 7th release, but sources who are "not authorized to discuss the matter publicly" have told the LA Times that the studio has already cancelled a test screening of the film in anticipation of editing the scene or removing it altogether. The trailer, which was playing before a handful of films including The Dark Knight Rises, has already been pulled, and is no longer available for viewing on sites including YouTube.
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[via LA Times]