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Director Lynne Ramsay Leaves Jane Got a Gun Just As Production Was to Begin

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by Melissa Silverstein
March 20, 2013 11:00 AM
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Deadline reported yesterday that director Lynne Ramsay had quit Jane Got a Gun which is to star Natalie Portman the morning production was to have begun -- Tuesday in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

This comes a couple of weeks after actor Michael Fassbender had left (either because of scheduling or because of conflicts with the director- it is not clear) and was replaced by Jude Law.

Ramsay has spent months developing this film so it is strange to everyone that she would not just so up for work.  Producer and money man Scott Steindorff was the only one speaking on the record and said the following:

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 new director was so imminent that it took less that a day for them to hire Warrior director Gavin Hood O'Connor to take over the film and start to shoot on Thursday.


No matter which way you cut this, this is not good news.  While we still don't know the truth of what happened, the fact that they could hire and have another director on the set in two days makes me think that conversations had to have been happening before Tuesday morning the day she was supposed to start shooting.  And we also know that directors start working way before the shoot actually starts, so things had to have been souring over time.  If she hadn't been doing prep the film wouldn't have been ready to shoot.

I'm not going to trash Lynne Ramsay (which some people are already doing) or by extension all women directors (as some of the commenters are in the Deadline story) for a movie that fell apart.  These things happen and they suck.  She's not getting the benefit of the doubt because the story has been spun as of now by the producer whose job it was to get the film back on track.  

I hope that we get something from Ramsay's camp or even Natalie Portman -- the star and producer -- who won't get her opportunity to work with a female director as she has been wanting to do for some time.

Bottom line is that a female director was about to start a relatively high profile movie with $25 million budget and an Academy Award winning actress and now that has fallen apart.  In my book, this is not welcome news.  If anyone has any real information, please let us know.


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8 Comments

  • Star | March 20, 2013 5:31 PMReply

    Oh, and Lynne Ramsay's silence is pretty deafening.

  • Star | March 20, 2013 5:30 PMReply

    Gavin Hood isn't the new director, Gavin O'Connor is.

  • Ted | March 20, 2013 12:47 PMReply

    The story sounds more complicated than initial reports. You don't have a director on immediate standby if Ramsay's departure blindsided you. We should reserve judgment until we have more information.

  • Jan Lisa Huttner | March 20, 2013 12:03 PMReply

    This is sad news indeed, Melissa. Please stay on it & keep us all informed!

  • Jay | March 20, 2013 11:18 AMReply

    The producer and money man now suddenly the advocate for families, fair play and integrity... I take it that Jane Got A Gun is a laugh out loud comedy.

  • Alan B | March 20, 2013 6:48 PM

    According to the producer, HE was the one to tell the crew, not Ramsay. People have creative conflicts all the time, but she didn't even have the courage to tell the crew members herself that they might be out of a job. That would have been genuinely courageous: instead, she wasted other people's time and money because she was unable to collaborate with others. You know, I really find this concept - "These things happen and they suck" - to be really distasteful. These things don't "happen" MAGICALLY. They occur because people make choices, and Ramsay's choice has risked 150 jobs and millions of dollars. The producer clearly the team has been scrambling to fix Ramsay's mess, and HE's the one that gets snarked about? Sheesh ...

  • Sarcasm | March 20, 2013 12:49 PM

    UHHH- I think Jay was being sarcastic. It's sort of gross of the producer to bring the crew and their families into his statement when it's VERY unlikely she just "didn't show up." As Melissa mentioned, it's more likely that there was a build up to her bowing out and it probably came a few days earlier. If that's the case, one has to ask, why would the producer have everyone show up for work on Day 1? Answer: to cover his ass. Happens in Hollywood every. single. day. Which means, he's throwing Lynne under the bus to make himself look like the good guy. But again, we don't know the whole story, so maybe we shouldn't either side...

  • Uhhhh | March 20, 2013 12:06 PM

    Jay, it is a shitty move to pull on crew members, no matter whether you're a woman or a man. Not showing up to work on the first day is a lousy thing to do. There are ways to pull out of a project more professionally. I'd love to hear something from her camp, but simply "not showing up" to the first day of work isn't a classy move, no matter your gender. And Jane Got a Gun is a fantastic script, certainly with a few good laughs. It's not for 5 year olds, but I'd sure have loved it at 12 or 13.

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