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JANE GOT A GUN (2014): Lynne Ramsay, Jude Law Out, Gavin O’Connor In

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Lynne Ramsay and Jude Law exit Jane Got a Gun, Gavin O’Connor enters. Director Lynne Ramsay didn’t show up for the first day of shooting yesterday on Sante Fe set of  Jane Got A Gun (2014) after “a series of negotiating twists and turns took place over the weekend.” Today actor Jude Law has dropped out as well, who signed on to Jane Got A Gun for the opportunity to work with Ramsay. “Law only booked the role last week, following a last-minute shakeup. Michael Fassbender was attached to star for months before he ducked out last week, citing scheduling conflicts with [the] X-Men: First Class [sequel]. Edgerton, who was already set for a different role, took over Fassbender’s part, and Law was brought in to replace Edgerton.”

Gavin O’Connor was brought in quickly by Jane Got A Gun producer Scott Steindorff but it seems that was not enough to keep Jude Law with the project. The film is being produced by Natalie Portman, “Scott Steindorff, Joel Edgerton, Jude Law and Rodrigo Santoro. Steindorff, who is financing the picture through his Scott Pictures label, confirmed [the director crisis yesterday] and said they [were] determined to hold the picture together until they set a new director.”

Scott Steindorff had this to say about the crisis and the immediate search for a new director yesterday:

I have millions of dollars invested, we’re ready to shoot, we have a great script, crew and cast,” Steindorff told Deadline. “I’m shocked and so disappointed someone would do this to 150 crew members who devoted so much time, energy, commitment and loyalty to a project, and then have the director not show up. It is insane somebody would do this to other people. I feel more for the crew and their families, but we are keeping the show going on, directors are flying in, and a replacement is imminent.

The quick “director wanted” bulletin paid off with Warrior writer-director Gavin O’Connor. O’Connor also directed the pilot episode of FX’s The Americans.

On the plot of Jane Got A Gun:

In the Brian Duffield-scripted drama, Portman plays the title character, a woman whose outlaw husband returns home riddled with bullets. Convinced his gang will return to finish him off and destroy her farm, the woman turns to an ex-lover she hasn’t seen in a decade to help her defend the farm.

What do you think of all this turmoil on the set of Jane Got A Gun? One thing is for sure, it is going to make for one of hell of a making-of documentary.

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Source: Slashfilm, Deadline (1, 2)

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