In light of the horrific events in Aurora, CO that took place during last night's screening of The Dark Knight Rises, all trailers for the upcoming release Gangster Squad have been pulled from theaters due to a now very controversial scene.
Warner Brothers, the production company behind both of the films has not only canceled screenings and premieres for the latest Batman as well as press events for it’s stars, they have also been forced to make some serious decisions regarding their next big release.
Gangster Squad, starring Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling, is a chronicle of the LAPD's fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940's and '50s.
But most notably, a key scene in the movie, which is featured prominently in the trailer is mobsters going backstage at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, and opening fire on its patrons through the screen as they attempt to flee in terror.
Warner Brothers confirmed to Hollyscoop that the trailers have indeed been pulled from theaters.
A source close to Warner Brothers who has not been authorized to speak publicly, told the Los Angeles Times that Gangster Squad was NOT one of the trailers that ran before the deadly screening in CO.
The fate of the scene both in the trailer, and probably now the film itself, is at this point unknown.
The film was previously set for release September 7… but it wouldn’t be unheard of for producers to delay its release entirely.
The April 1999 massacre at Columbine - also in Colorado - delayed the opening of O, the modern day adaptation of Othello that prominently featured scenes of high school violence – for over two years.
The trailer for the Gangster Squad has been circulating the web since the beginning of May.