This afternoon, after re-reading an article on /Film about the upcoming film Gangster Squad, I began to think about the consequences that real life events have on film. Due to the recent tragedy in Aurora, CO, the film will undergo a re-edit due to the fact that one of its scenes features a shoot-out in a movie theater. In general, I am not a fan of anything that compromises the creative integrity of a film (I could spend hours ranting about the tyrannical censorship of the MPAA, for example), but I can certainly understand why Warner Bros. would want to be sensitive to the victims and their families on this one. Still, I can’t help but wonder what effect this will have on the film itself. Supposedly the scene in question is a climactic one. Will a re-edit change the story entirely? This is hardly the first time that true life tragedies have affected films (oddly enough, Time posted an article about this just hours after I was thinking about doing this write-up), but usually what follows is a simple title change or taking out a scene that is largely insignificant. What happens when you remove a scene that is integral to the plot itself? I’m interested to see how this one will play out. No doubt that Warner Bros. will have to spend a pretty penny possibly doing re-shoots and conducting more test screenings.
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