'Gangster Squad' Release Date May Shift To 2013 After Aurora Shooting [UPDATE]

Warner Bros. has reportedly shifted "Gangster Squad" to 2013 in the wake of the tragic shooting at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colo. last week that left 12 dead. The studio had previously pulled the film's trailer -- which featured a scene where four trenchcoat-wearing gangsters shoot up a movie theater -- from circulation. "Gangster Squad" -- about cops and robbers in 1940s Los Angeles -- stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn and Josh Brolin and was set for release on Sept. 7.

The move to Jan. 11, 2013 has not been confirmed by the studio, but multiple sources, including Variety, are reporting that it's all but a foregone conclusion.

UPDATE: "Gangster Squad" has moved to Jan. 11, 2013. The original story continues below.

In addition to giving "Gangster Squad" separation from the Aurora massacre, the time on the shelf will allow director Ruben Fleischer to reshoot the theater-shooting scene.

This isn't the first time "Gangster Squad" has seen its release date change. The film was initially set for release in October, but after pulling it off the calendar all together, Warner Bros. moved "Gangster Squad" to Sept. 7. While post-Labor Day is a traditional dumping ground for studios, it's likely Warner Bros. was hoping to replicate the success it had with "Contagion" last year. The Steven Soderbergh film was released on Sept. 9, 2011 and grossed over $135 million worldwide.

[via Variety]

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