In the wake of the horrific shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater during a screening of the Warner Bros. produced film “The Dark Knight Rises,” the studio has taken extreme public relations precautions.
The highly anticipated film “Gangster Squad,” starring Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Emma Stone, was seen as a late-summer tentpole for Warner Bros. The film, as its name suggests, was expected to be a violent depiction of the Los Angeles Police Department’s takedown of 1940s crime boss Mickey Cohen.
But after the Friday night massacre that left 12 dead and 58 wounded, the studio pulled the trailer for the film from theaters over a scene in which a group of gunmen emerge from behind a movie screen and aim fire at a crowded theater.
By Monday, the studio reportedly ordered reshoots to replace the movie theater scene, which was featured prominently in the trailer for the film, Variety reported. The reshoots were expected to take place quickly, as the release date for the film was Sept. 7.
As of Tuesday, Warner Bros. has pushed back the release date for “Gangster Squad” until 2013, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The studio is reportedly eyeing a Jan. 11 release date.
Warner Bros. did not return The Daily Caller’s request for comment.