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Gangster Squad release date postponed for re-shoots in wake of US killings

Gangster Squad

Story by Jack Foley

STAR-studded crime thriller Gangster Squad has had its release date postponed in order to undergo re-shoots in the wake of the Colorado cinema shootings in the US.

The film, starring Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Sean Penn, was to have been released in the US in September and the UK in October.

But cinema-goers may now have to wait until January 2013 at the earliest, while Warner Bros seeks to remove a scene involving a shooting at a cinema, which became problematic following the Aurora killings.

Although January looks likely for the new release date, several factors have to be weighed up by the studio, such as how quickly the cast can be re-assembled for the re-shoot and whether they will be availibie to do press in January. There’s also the potential competition to consider.

The film is based on efforts by the Los Angeles police to control the Mafia in the ’40s and ’50s. It included a climactic gun fight that was filmed at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, and which was featured in the trailer that has also now been pulled.

Ruben Fleischer is directing the film and has reportedly been central to the debate on how things can be modified.

Warner Bros has so far declined to comment.

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