Ryan Gosling's much anticipated mobster film, 'Gangster Squad,' which was set to open September 7, is being revised substantially and has been delayed to early 2013 as a result of James Holmes' shootings in Colorado.
Gangster Squad - a film Gosling fans have been anxiously awaiting for months - is a period piece about gang warfare, set in L.A. in the 1940s and '50s. Starring Gosling, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte and Emma Stone, it contains a scene of gunmen opening fire behind a movie screen into an unsuspecting audience. The scene is an eerie reminder of the real-life shootings by James Holmes in Aurora, Colorado.
Trailers for Gangster Squad have already been pulled from showings of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises after Holmes shot 12 people dead and injured 58 others in a midnight premiere of that movie. Gangster Squad's new release date will be January, reports The Toronto Star.
According to Slate, during the three-month delay, the film will be re-shot or edited to remove the pivotal scene. A major challenge in making sure the film is not delayed more than three months is the actors' busy schedules.
The delay eliminates Gangster Squad as an Oscar contender in 2012.
Gangster Squad is not the only film this year that had to be re-edited in the wake of real-life shootings. 'The Watch,' released Friday, was originally titled 'Neighbourhood Watch' but had to be retitled after Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman in Florida.