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Jude Law Is On Team Ramsay, Quits 'Jane Got A Gun'

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 20, 2013 1:39 PM
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Jude Law

So, if somehow you've been away for the past 24 hours, here's what's been going on: Lynne Ramsay bailed on the western "Jane Got A Gun" on the first day of production yesterday, only to be replaced by "Warrior" helmer Gavin O'Connor this morning, with plans to start shooting tomorrow. Well, they'll have to scrap those plans as the project has lost another major talent.

Deadline reports that Jude Law has exited the picture, "because he signed on to work with Ramsay." Sorry, Gavin. While that may be the case, we can also imagine that the actor -- who joined last week to help firm up the cast after Michael Fassbender left after supposedly clashing with Ramsay -- probably didn't like what we can only imagine is pure chaos around the production at the moment. There's no word on who will replace him -- he had the key role of the villain in the movie -- but this is undoubtedly a major blow.

And yet through all of this, there's still no word from Ramsay, though that too has its own twists and turns. Huffington Post reached out to her manager Jessica Steindorff, and learned that she's actually the daughter of the film's producer, Scott Steindorff. Awkward. But she knows firmly which camp she's in. "My father Scott Steindorff prevails under extreme amounts of stress and the show will go on," she said. "Sorry, but in this town it's family first." In other words, she's no longer repping Ramsay.

Clearly, the start date tomorrow is off the table and it's unclear if the movie will survive this latest blow. Much more to come, we're sure.

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  • AE | March 21, 2013 10:12 AMReply

    "Sorry, but in this town it's family first." Hmm, in that town there also seems to be a gaudy idea of grabbing hold of a hot director and using them to polish turds. Thank god one director in 'this town' still has some integrity. I was never eager to see JGG, it always rang hollow, especially for a director of Ramsey's depth, I'm now looking forward to seeing her take on a project worth believing in.

  • Alan B | March 22, 2013 1:26 AM

    Whilst I am not proud that "fucking people" like you hate me, I am not ashamed of it either, considering you can't even make a point without resorting to illiterate profanity: "fucking people", "a total shit for brains", "shitty, endless". It's not funny or clever, either: seriously, what was the point of asserting that it is "fucking people" that hate me as opposed to, you know, "people"? Does the world really need to know that it's "fucking people" that hate me? Or do you seriously not know how write a sentence that isn't a witless cliche? Sheesh ...

  • Frank | March 22, 2013 12:24 AM

    Look, i'm just saying a lot of fucking people hate you and think you're a total shit for brains. Does that compute for you? I know a lot of people who just think you make this website a terrible place to be with your shitty, endless, must have the last word "commentary."

  • Alan B | March 22, 2013 12:03 AM

    Frank, the world REALLY cares what you have to say? How about you offer an argument? Can your brain comprehend one?

  • Frank | March 21, 2013 11:59 PM

    Alan is dipshit, don't bother.

  • Alan B | March 21, 2013 11:44 PM

    Or "hitched HER wagon".

  • Alan B | March 21, 2013 11:38 PM

    I understand that it isn't a studio film, but it is a bigger budget American film driven by a star (Natalie Portman). Pressures are to be expected, especially with a commercially risky genre like the Western. Cronenberg stayed in Canada for a long time to make his films because he felt comfortable with a familiar crew and set up. He took responsibility for his career. Ramsay hasn't, which is clear in the way she's hitch his wagon to a producer (with his daughter representing her). That was a terrible decision, one of many she has made recently. After the heat of 'Kevin', she could have easily made a smaller film in England, something around $5 million that she could control. But she didn't. She chose to do a genre film in the U.S. and - in doing so - ran risks of creative compromise. If it turns out she was cheated, I will change my tune. However, this story has damaged her reputation, and it's difficult to believe that a producer/financier/insurer would trust her with a budget over $15 million ever again.

  • alex | March 21, 2013 10:43 PM

    Alan B: You're talking as if you know what happened. Maybe she agreed to do the movie based on agreements you don't know about. Maybe the pressures were far more constraining than usual. Maybe they weren't mere "producers' notes." You have no idea.

    Also, this isn't a studio film. It's expensive, but it's somewhere between the budgets of A DANGEROUS METHOD and A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE.

  • Alan B | March 21, 2013 9:55 PM

    I am so sick of hearing this argument. If she felt that she was above this material or that Hollywood would be stifling to her creativity, then she should have simply turned down the project. Didn't she see 'Barton Fink'? Or, you know, the countless other films, books and plays that have been made about the commercialism of Hollywood? How could anyone be shocked - SHOCKED - about the business pressures of a star-driven American film? I assume she wanted to play with the big toys, stars and budgets to try to nab a bigger audience, which is fine, but producers' notes also come with those privileges. David Cronenberg said THE EXACT SAME THING last year, suggesting that he doesn't make studio films because their privileges come with a creative price. Moreover, if she really had some 'integrity', then she would have told the crew herself that she was quitting. It would have been difficult, sure, but at least they would have had a chance to express their frustration at the person who put their jobs at risk. Instead, she hightailed it back to the U.K and left the difficult task to other people.

  • ST | March 21, 2013 7:34 PM


  • Kate | March 20, 2013 8:58 PMReply

    The new rumors are that Ramsay's budget was significantly slashed ($9 million) when Fassbender left (due to 'Frank' running long, not the false "falling out"), she didn't want Jude Law, and her heads of department Tim Grimes and Darius Khondji are both leaving as well.

  • jessica | March 20, 2013 8:15 PMReply


  • MDL | March 20, 2013 5:38 PMReply

    Ratcatcher[s] abandoning a sinking ship....

  • MJ | March 20, 2013 4:47 PMReply

    From the O'Connor announcement it didn't sound like they seriously hoped to start shooting tomorrow anymore, there's no way they can expect a decent vision from a complete gun-for-hire given no time to prepare his own treatment of the material. Maybe Fassbender will come back now with a more agreeable shotcaller haha.

  • nads | March 20, 2013 5:15 PM

    Kubrick was brought in to Spartacus after shooting had begun. While Spartacus (1960) is not prime-Kubrick, it's still a great film.

    I'm not comparing O'Connor to Kubrick in any way, but it is possible.. But I think they are going to get settled after the Jude Law-blow.

  • Cass | March 20, 2013 2:46 PMReply

    Maybe Jason Clarke can fit it in before Apes sequel. He is very hot right now.

  • Jacques DeMolay | March 20, 2013 4:21 PM

    LOL was that an intentional Zoolander reference, Cass?

  • CARY | March 20, 2013 2:39 PMReply

    "Team Ramsay" sounds like just a poor excuse. He's jumping off a sinking ship. But who can blame him?

  • hank | March 20, 2013 2:35 PMReply

    I'm sure they can film around him until they find a replacement, assuming they can and depending on the size of the role.

  • spassky | March 20, 2013 2:26 PMReply

    Right on, Jude! You know, I'm in the camp that's saying regardless of what happened, Ramsay's conduct is less than professional... but

    She's the fucking shit and deserves the same as any male director would. Can't wait to rewatch 'Ratcatcher' tonight. #TeamRamsay

  • Rob | March 20, 2013 2:32 PM

    What bums me out is that it seems like this is just gonna reverse any career momentum she had coming off of Kevin. With this project and her crazy Moby Dick scifi thing, it seemed like we wouldn't be subjected to another decade-long absence from her.... but I can't imagine ANYone chomping at the bit to back one of her projects after this debacle. Really wish we knew the explanation.

  • jon | March 20, 2013 2:18 PMReply

    This is epic.

  • sandra | March 20, 2013 2:02 PMReply

    I think we need a movie about this movie

  • Tessz | March 20, 2013 1:59 PMReply

    Law does not really do anything for me, he is pretty dull in most movies anyway. If they can salvage this, whoever replaces him will be a better fit to play the villian I'm sure.

  • BEF | March 20, 2013 1:55 PMReply

    Portman should just put a call out to all the Malick Men who dropped by set on a whim: Benicio Del Toro, Wes Bentley, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbend... oh. Well, Val Kilmer will show up for anything day of, and he lives in New Mexico!

  • Jacues DeMolay | March 20, 2013 1:55 PMReply

    Holy shit, what the FUCK is going on with this movie?! This would be absolutely hilarious if it weren't so sad. I can't wait until the other ball drops, and we find out what the real story is... that is, IF we ever find out...

  • BEF | March 20, 2013 1:49 PMReply

    This is insane. I feel bad for the crew. Seems like the above the line egos are making everyone twist in the New Mexico wind, and they probably had to turn down jobs to take this one. I hope it still gets made. C'mon Portman give one of the Malick actors who were able to just drop by anytime they wanted a call!

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