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In the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting at The Dark Knight Rises screening, Warner Bros. may push the release of the upcoming mob drama Gangster Squad starring Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn and Emma Stone.
Out of respect for the victims of the tragic movie-screening massacre in Aurora, Colo., the studio behind the Batman trilogy is considering not only delaying the Sept. 7 release of its violent period drama but also re-editing it to take out a particular scene. The studio has already pulled trailers of the movie from debuting before theatrical releases.
Sources tell E! News that Warner Brothers could make an announcement as early as Tuesday about the movie, which follows the LAPD's pursuit of Brooklyn-born crime boss Mickey Cohen (Penn) in 1940's Los Angeles. Gosling and Josh Brolin play L.A. cops.
According to Variety, the studio has decided to cut out a pivotal scene in which mobster open fire on a movie theater audience from behind the screen (a scene that was briefly featured on the now-pulled trailer).
Warner Brothers -- which responded to the news of the Colorado shooting by canceling The Dark Knight Rises' premiere in Paris, as well as all scheduled publicity surrounding the film -- also plans to make a "substantial" contribution to Colorado charities helping the shooting victims and their families.
A studio rep confirms they're working with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's office to make the donation through givingfirst.org, a program of Colorado's Community First Foundation.