New date for Affleck pic echoes 'Gone Baby Gone' rollout

Warner Bros. is pulling “The Gangster Squad” from its Oct. 12 release date and placing in its stead the Ben Affleck-helmed espionage thriller “Argo,” which moves from its original Sept. 14 berth.

Warner has yet to set a new release date for “Gangster Squad,” though the studio still has it slated to bow this year.

With its new date, “Argo” mirrors the release strategy for Affleck’s directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone,” which Miramax launched Oct. 19, 2007. The helmer’s followup, “The Town,” debuted via Warners in mid-September.

The October release for “Argo” acts as countergrogramming to Sony’s Kevin James laffer “Here Comes the Boom.”

For “Gangster Squad,” this year’s fourth-quarter already is crowded with typical adult fare, including two other Warner pics: Alfonso Cuaron-helmed “Gravity,” toplining George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, bows Thanksgiving weekend, while Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby,” with Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, opens Christmas Day.

Warners said it will announce a new release date for “Gangster Squad” shortly.

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