Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone star in the crime drama to be released in January
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A cinema shoot-out scene in the forthcoming Warner Bros. movie Gangster Squad has prompted the studio to delay the film's release to January so parts of it can be re-shot after the scene drew comparisons to the real-life mass shooting in Aurora, Colo.
The mob thriller set in 1940s Los Angeles had originally be scheduled to come out this September. The Associated Press explains that the move shifts the movie "from a plum fall release to a month often considered a dumping ground," and means the film won't be eligible for this year's Oscars.
Warner Bros. is not commenting on how the movie will change, but the scene in which mobsters open fire on an audience through a movie screen in the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater will presumably be re-shot and edited or deleted altogether in light of last Friday’s theater shooting in Colorado that killed 12 people and injured scores more. The reportedly pivotal scene was featured in the movie’s trailer, which was pulled from theaters and off the Internet after the shooting.
The film stars Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, and Nick Nolte. Variety reports that scheduled press screenings for the movie have also been canceled.