'Gangster Squad' release date pushed back in light of Colorado shooting
The release date of "Gangster Squad" has been pushed back by Warner Bros., the film's studio, in light of the movie theater shooting at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, 2012.
The movie was set to be released on September 7, but it will now be released in January 2013, according to The Associated Press. "Gangster Squad" contained a scene of the lead characters shooting movie theater patrons, which was featured in the trailer.
The trailer, which was paired with many "Dark Knight Rises" screenings but not at the screening in Colorado, was quickly removed from theaters after the shooting took place.
"Gangster Squad" depicts the Los Angeles police department's fight against the East Coast Mafia in the 1940s and 1950s and stars Emma Stone as Gosling's love interest.
In one scene in the trailer, five men open fire at a movie theater believed to be Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, aiming at the screen itself, while audience members run for cover.
The attack in Aurora, Colorado, was one of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States. In addition to the 12 confirmed dead, at least 59 people were treated for injuries.
The shooting suspect was arrested and identified as James Eagan Holmes, a 24-year-old University of Colorado graduate student.
The film's release in January means that it will not be eligible for Academy Awards consideration. The movie theater scene is expected to be reshot and edited. Warner Bros. declined to comment to the wire service on how the film will be altered.
Following the attack, Warner Bros., Christopher Nolan and Anne Hathaway have issued statements to the media concerning the victims and their families while actor Christian Bale visited several shooting survivors in Aurora, Colorado earlier this week.