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‘Gangster Squad’ Reshoots Will Move Controversial Theater Scene to L.A.’s Chinatown

Warner Bros Pictures

Gangster Squad,’ the period mobster film which had its release pushed back in the wake of the Aurora movie theater shootings, will undergo reshoots later this month — with its most controversial sequence being redesigned completely.

Sources have told the Hollywood Reporter that the movie, which was bumped from a September 7th release to January 11th, 2013 after gunman James Holmes allegedly murdered 12 people during a midnight screening of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado last month, will start night reshoots on August 20th.

The process will last three to seven days and many of the major players in the film, including Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick and Michael Pena, have been called back to work.

The scene being reshot was originally a sequence in which a gang of mobsters burst through the screen at the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood and start firing in the auditorium, eventually taking the bloodshed all the way out to the street. The scene appeared in trailers for the movie, which were pulled from theaters immediately after the Colorado tragedy.

With executives apparently feeling the scene was too close for comfort to the horrifying Aurora situation, it has been reconfigured to take place in L.A.’s Chinatown. There’s no word on how different it will be from the original sequence, and Warner Bros. has not commented officially on the reshoots or the new version of the scene.

‘Gangster Squad’ is directed by ‘Zombieland’ helmer Ruben Fleischer and recounts attempts by the Los Angeles Police Department to keep the mob out of L.A. during the ’40s and ’50s. The Reporter notes that although the scene at the Chinese Theatre was supposed to be a major action piece in the movie, it never happened in real life — at least not in Hollywood, that is.

Do you think Warner Bros. is taking apppropriate action by reshooting this scene completely? Or should moving the release date have been enough?

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