'Step Up 4' Will Not Edit Out Gas Mask Scene

July 26, 2012 By:
'Step Up 4' Will Not Edit Out Gas Mask Scene

The Aurora shooting has changed a lot of things in our lives, but one of the things that will not be changed is the latest Step Up movie.

Following the horrific Colorado incident when James Holmes allegedly opened fire on a theater packed with Dark Knight fans last week, Step Up Revolution arrives in theaters this weekend. The film is getting a lot of buzz already, and not for its motion picture achievements, but for a scene the film features, which parallels the crime.

In one of the film’s 3D sequences, a troupe of dancers enter a room wearing gas masks – similar to the one that Holmes was fitted with. The dancers also use gas canisters that fill the room with smoke.

The similarities with last week’s shooting are a little too close for comfort for a lot of critics. However, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the film will remain as is.

A statement from the film’s studio, Summit Entertainment, was released.

According to Summit, Step Up 4 is a nonviolent, “redemptive film that celebrates the redemptive power of dance.” It does not celebrate the tragic events, but only uses the set pieces as part of a choreographed routine.

Despite the motion to move forward, there was a great deal of backpedaling going on…

“Because of last week's tragic events in Colorado, Summit immediately removed television advertising that briefly showcased that scene from the film,” the statement continued. “The scene also briefly appeared in a trailer released three months ago that the studio is no longer actively servicing. Having taken these steps, Summit will open this inspirational, nonviolent film in theatres nationwide this weekend as originally edited."

The news to hold strong with the film comes after Warner Bros. decided to pull advertisements and postpone the release of Gangster Squad, due to a movie theater shooting scene that the film features. That film will now arrive in theaters on January 11, 2013.