Hey Lynne Ramsay, where’d you go? The acclaimed director of Ratcatcher and last year’s brutal drama We Need to Talk About Kevin has suddenly exited her latest project—dramatically. Jane Got a Gun, the story of a woman whose outlaw husband who turns to an ex-lover to help defend her husband and farm, was all ready to start rolling yesterday, with cast and crew down in Santa Fe, when Ramsay was nowhere to be found.
And Deadline has reported that the director has apparently taken her name off the project, and aside from recent cast changes, there seems to be no clear reason as to her motives. Michael Fassbinder was originally set to star in the film alongside Natalie Portman but was replaced by Joel Edgerton last week (after walking away from the project), with Jude Law rounding out the cast—but now it looks like the three will have to carry on without the Scottish filmmaker at the helm. And although she has made her swift and costly exit, this is not the end for the project.
Producer Scott Steindorff told Deadline that Ramsay has a pay or play deal and, "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."
So the next big question is who will replace Ramsay for the Brian Duffield-penned film? We’ll be keeping you updated on this one.