Hey, remember we had some horrible gun violence a few weeks ago? Well, thanks to Nikki Finke’s needless complaining, people started worrying about ‘Gangster Squad’ a film directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) starring Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Troy Garity and Michael Pena, telling the story of L.A. Cops’ battle with the Mob during the 1940s and 50s.
The trailer for ‘Gangster Squad’ was set to play before ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ before the Aurora screening happened and featured a climatic sequence where gangsters start shooting through a cinema screen at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Warner Bros let slip they were considering both re-shooting the sequence and moving the film from it’s September release date. Despite cries from the internet that we’re not associating all guns with random gun violence (because we’re not all Deadline zombies), Warner Bros decided to do both, moving the release date to January 11th and re-conceptualizing the scene so it can take place in L.A.’s historic Chinatown.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the action will now move to L.A.’s Chinatown. The main players in the scene — Gosling, Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Troy Garity and Michael Pena — are being brought back for night shoots scheduled for five days, according to insiders.
This is stupid: they let a completely random event change their movie.
All due respect to those hurt by the random actions of a mad man in my home state this June, but I can’t believe we’re honestly going to deal with this by censoring art instead of talking about gun control laws.
That’s what this is: censorship. Warner Bros thinks you’re more likely to feel unsafe watching Mob gun violence in a period film than in your home state. They’re more scared of people blaming movies and not seeing ‘Gangster Squad’ than they are invested in ‘Gangster Squad.’ Granted, that’s the job of the studio, I just think they’re doing it morally wrong.