"Gangster Squad": the new "Contagion"? Warner Bros. sure hopes so!
The studio has finally settled on a release date for the Ryan Gosling-led gangster film: Sept. 7, the same weekend that Warner Bros. successfully opened "Contagion" in 2011. The star-studded apocalypse porn from director Steven Soderbergh debuted with $22.4 million in ticket sales, on its way to $75.6 million in North American receipts. Around the world, "Contagion" earned $135.4 million.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer ("Zombieland") and starring Gosling, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn and Emma Stone, "Gangster Squad" was initially pegged as a potential Oscar contender. Its style-over-substance first trailer and post-Labor Day release date, however, say otherwise.
Meanwhile, in disappointing news: Warner Bros. also shifted the release date of "Gravity" to sometime in 2013. The film -- the follow-up to "Children of Men" for director Alfonso Cuaron -- was initially earmarked for a Nov. 21 rollout. "Gravity" stars Sandra Bullock as an astronaut lost in space trying and to get back to Earth. George Clooney also appears in a small role.
Like with "Children of Men," Cuaron's work on "Gravity" is apparently of the visionary variety. The opening scene to the film is reportedly one uninterrupted 17-minute take. Translation: release this now, please?