I have to admit that I feel a little funny discussing this topic, but I feel like it’s important enough to warrant a bit of discussion. And I’m not nearly calloused enough to get through this without mentioning how awful the events in Aurora, Colorado on Friday morning were, but of course, you already knew that.
Of course we all know how Warner Brothers refused to report on the box office results of its summer blockbuster that saw one of it’s midnight showings turn into several paragraphs in a futuristic history book. But they’re not done with adjusting their normal course of events.
The Oscar-hungry noir flick Gangster Squad, directed by Ruben Fleischer, has already been affected by the tragic events. In the film’s first trailer, there was a brief shot of what appears to be a pivotal scene in the film where a number of gangsters open fire from behind the screen of a movie theater. Nothing is known of their intention (but it can’t be good) or the results (see my last parenthetical statement) but the scene looked intense and with the recent events in a movie theater, unquestionably insensitive.
So Warner Brothers is discussing what to do with the film, starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, and Ryan Gosling, among others. The trailer was immediately pulled from screens (it was beginning to be shown more consistently and one has to wonder if it was even included on some reels of The Dark Knight Rises) this weekend and they’re working on re-cutting a new trailer. Also, the film currently has a release date of September 7th. You can bet that will be changed to something more along the lines of November or, more likely, December.
There are also rumors of re-shoots, as some are suspecting that the production company wants to nix the scene altogether and figure out a new way to get the same point across. You can’t argue with that decision at all, except to maybe say that the integrity of Fleischer’s already completed project would be compromised. But when you’re talking about the gravity of the situation, I say to hell with the scene.
Something that I thought of was the possible use of a sound-less shot with a score playing over an edited version of the scene (a la the brilliant rain scene in Road to Perdition). Would the lack of sound of bullets and screams make the scene less insensitive? I don’t know. I’m just thinking aloud.
Give us your thoughts on this. It’s a sensitive issue, of course, so please use tact and common sense in the comments below. Thanks…