Warner Bros. is considering editing their upcoming movie “Gangster Squad” following the Aurora Colorado massacre, because of a scene in the movie where men open fire with machine guns on a movie theater audience.
Reuters reports that Warner pulled its “Gangster Squad” trailers after a gunman opened fire at The Dark Knight Rises midnight premiere in Aurora, Colorado on Friday. Execs were scheduled to meet on Monday to talk about possibly removing or editing the scene, which was also shown in trailers.
The company has also scaled back promotions for “The Dark Knight Rises,” even canceling a Paris premiere and called off appearances by the cast in Mexico and Japan.
While industry experts are saying that moviegoers will likely move on quickly from the shooting, helping studios to proceed mostly as planned, the “Gangster Squad” movie poses a unique challenge, because of the theater shooting scene.
According to The Chicago Tribune, if the studio keeps their September 7th release date, then the film’s stars will begin press interviews in the next couple of weeks, which could force them to face questions about the scene, as well as the recent shooting. Another option is for the studio to go ahead with the debut, but cancel the normal celebrity interviews and advance screenings.
This is not the first incident this year that has forced the movie industry to regroup about an upcoming movie. News Corp’s 20th Century Fox was forced to regroup earlier this year after the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
The studio had already begun promoting Ben Stiller’s comedy called “Neighborhood Watch.” After the shooting, the studio removed the trailer and movie posters from theaters and even changed the movie’s name to “The Watch.”
Do you think that Warner Bros should edit “Gangster Squad” to change or completely remove the theater shooting, in light of the Aurora Colorado massacre?