Yesterday Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton's upcoming western Jane Got a Gun was supposed to start production but the director of the movie, Lynne Ramsay, ended up not showing up for work and quit that very day. That's incredibly unprofessional, and I don't understand why anyone would do something like that! The entertainment industry is hard enough to break into, and I'm sure Ramsey's been burned for this little stunt. Not sure who'd want to work with this director now. Jude Law was also set to star in the film, but now he's dropped out because the director he signed on to work with dropped out, so now they have to find a replacement for him. What a disaster.
Producer Scott Steindorff acted fast, and ended up hiring Warrior director Gavin O’Connor to take it on. I think he's a much better director choice anyway. Warrior was a great movie!
The film was written by Brian Duffield, and the story follows a woman (Portman) whose outlaw husband (Edgerton) returns home barely alive and riddled with bullet wounds. She is forced to reach out to an ex-lover (the part intended for Law) and ask if he will help defend her farm when her husband’s gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job.
I'm excited about this western, it sounds like it's going to be a good one! I'm happy it ended up landing a solid new director. The producer of the film had this to say in a statement released yesterday,
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.