UPDATE: The producers of troubled Western "Jane Got a Gun" are filing a lawsuit against Lynne Ramsay in federal court alleging that the director, who abruptly left the production one day before shooting began, was paid $500,000 to tweak the screenplay by Brian Duffield and direct the film, duties she didn't follow through on. The producers are also claiming Ramsay displayed dangerous behavior on set.
Per In Contention, the suit claims that Ramsay "was repeatedly under the influence of alcohol, was abusive to members of the cast and crew and was generally disruptive…[she also] failed to adhere to proper safety protocol for handling weapons on set, when she pointed a prop gun directly at a camera and, in turn, at the camera crew before first taking proper precautions."
Back in May, Relativity and the Weinstein Company teamed to acquire "Jane Got a Gun" for distribution. The film is directed by Gavin O'Connor ("Warrior"), and after much casting musical chairs, stars Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton.
EARLIER: Bradley Cooper has signed on to replace Jude Law in troubled Western production "Jane Got a Gun."
EARLIER: Details are beginning to surface from the Lynne Ramsay drop-out debacle surrounding troubled Western production "Jane Got a Gun." Sources who spoke to the Hollywood Reporter say that Ramsay had not been presented with an approved shooting schedule, budget and script just days before the film was set to begin, while others claim that the Scottish-born director failed to deliver a script amid increasingly strange behavior. CAA scrambled to replace the director with Gavin O'Connor.
Reportedly an impasse surrounding Ramsay's right for final cut -- if she went over-budget, her final cut would be revoked -- resulted in her drop-out on Saturday morning, and no-show at the production start on Monday. More details here, with the LA Times' sources in accordance with THR's.
Meanwhile, Ramsay's departure was kept secret from star Natalie Portman, who had enlisted the stylish director to take on the project in the first place.
O'Connor would be a good save, as he's a superb actors' director. The trick here is to hang on to the cast; O'Connor worked with Edgerton on the under-appreciated "Warrior," with Tom Hardy. Jude Law, who signed up to work with Ramsay and replace departed Michael Fassbender, is also out. So that casting hole still needs to be filled.
Producer and financier Scott Steindorff told Deadline that he was determined to find a new director to keep the project, which had 150 crew members in place and ready to shoot, from falling apart:
No word yet on the reasons for Ramsay's quitting, but the suddenness of her departure, and Fassbender's decamping before her, indicates a troubled production. Details are likely to surface soon.
"I have millions of dollars invested, we’re ready to shoot, we have a great script, crew and cast. 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.”