EW reported just last week that Warner Bros, as an act of respect in the aftermath of the Aurora shooting tragedy, had moved quickly to push back the release date of its action-drama Gangster Squad from its original date of Sept. 7 back to Jan. 11, 2013. The delay was implemented, above all else, to allow director Ruben Fleischer the time to edit out footage in which a group of men shoot up a movie theater from behind the screen (the now certainly insensitive massacre scene was included in the film’s original trailer, and you can catch a quick, fragmented snippet of it by clicking here).
The studio did not, however, act quite swiftly enough to stop the publication of a book by the same name, journalist Paul Lieberman’s Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles. The nonfiction work, which was used as source material for the film and whose cover features art from the motion picture, is still scheduled to hit shelves on its original release date of August 7th.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a rep for St. Martin’s Press, the book’s publisher, reported that the books had “already shipped.” That same rep also noted that the theater shooting scene was a creation for the film and not in Lieberman’s story.
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