In the wake of the Aurora shooting tragedy, some studios have taken actions to change scenes in their upcoming films which coincidentally bore resemblance to the headline-grabbing incident. Summit Entertainment, however, refused to alter the scene in "Step Up Revolution" which features a gang of dancers entering a room in gas masks.
The masks shown in the upcoming pic are similar to the one donned by James Holmes when he did the massacre during the midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises". The scene in "Step Up 4", meanwhile, shows some dancers infiltrating a party while wearing the gas masks and carrying smoke cannisters.
Though refusing to re-edit the said scene, Summit has decided to yank the film's promotional materials which include the gas mask scene. Announcing its decision, the studio says in a statement, "There is a brief scene in the film in which a troop of dancers enter a room wearing gas masks as props an the dancers immediately go into a choreographed routine."
"Because of last week's tragic events in Colorado, Summit immediately removed television advertising that briefly showcased that scene from the film. The scene also briefly appeared in a trailer released three months ago that the studio is no longer actively servicing. Having taken these steps, Summit will open this inspirational, nonviolent film in theaters nationwide this weekend as originally edited."
The gas mask scene in "Step Up 4" caught the media's attention after the film was screened on Tuesday night, July 24. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Summit execs discussed the issue on Wednesday, despite the fact that the dance flick has already gone out to exhibitors.
Directed by Scott Speer, "Step Up Revolution" will make its way out onto theaters across the U.S. on Friday, July 27. Lining up in the cast ensemble are Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Adam G. Sevani, Stephen Boss, Tommy Dewey, Cleopatra Coleman and Claudio Pinto.