In the wake of the tragic event that unfolded last week in Aurora, Colorado, Warner Bros. has been particularly pro-active in dealing with any potential negative repercussion that might impact their business. The studio swiftly moved to edit the TV clips and trailers for The Dark Knight Rises as to remove every firearm that used to appear there. They also pulled down the trailer for Gangster Squad which contains a key scene featuring mobster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) and his cronies firing machine guns into the audience through a movie screen.
Given the current state of the nation, that particular scene likely led to much internal debate over the weekend as the studio mulled over whether to delay the release of Gangster Squad to next year or altering the film in some way. Well, Variety now reports that WB will cut the scene in question altogether with reshoot plans underway.
No doubt WB was in a tough spot and had to do something to avoid bad PR and unnecessary controversy. However, it’s unfortunate that the act of one deranged mind would affect the creative process of others. Why give that whacko the satisfaction of having influenced your movie?
A September 7th release is still eyed but that doesn’t leave much time to get the work done so I wouldn’t be surprised if the movie ends up being pushed back as we get closer.
What do you think?