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Monday, July 23, 2012

Warner Bros. to edit Gangster Squad in response to Colorado shooting

In response to the recent shooting in Colorado during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros. has continued their changes with the release of Gangster Squad starring Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn. In addition to pulling the trailer from before The Dark Knight Rises, due to the fact that there is a scene where a hit squad opens fire on a movie theater, they have also announced their plans to re-edit and re-shoot the film to get rid of the scene entirely. They are currently working on a re-shoot schedule and we can only assume such an intensive and rushed schedule is because the scene is an important part in the film. Also the fact that the film's release is slated for September 7th which is only about 6 weeks away.

I saw the trailer for Gangster Squad earlier last week and like everyone else who watched it probably didn't think twice about the scene where they open fire on the movie theater. However, with recent events I think this is a wise choice by Warner Bros. Do I also think that it's lousy we have to resort to political correctness due to the acts of one guy? Sure. But at the same time enough people have been touched and affected by the events here in Colorado that I think it is the right move to make. If it means having to push the release date forward a couple months then so be it. It's probably better in the long run than having the movie boycotted or having people file lawsuits against Warner Bros. We also recently saw this when Fox pulled marketing campaigns and changed the title of The Watch (formerly Neighborhood Watch) in response to the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida. If they would have chosen to do nothing the phrase "too soon" pops into my head.

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