In the second piece of controversy to hit the film in a week, director Lynne Ramsay has apparently bailed on the indie drama Jane Got a Gun on the very first day of filming. According to Deadline Hollywood, the cast and crew arrived on set on Monday, only to discover that the entire production was going to have to be put on hold until a new director was found.
Starring Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton and Jude Law, the project made headlines last week when Michael Fassbender allegedly walked away from a starring role, suggesting that the director’s fall-out might be a little more fractious than your usual ‘creative differences’. Director Ramsay is widely considered one of Britain’s most distinctive filmmakers, though the past decade has seen her struggle to work: there was almost a ten year gap between her second film Morvern Callar and 2011′s We Need to Talk About Kevin, in some part due to her doomed adaptation of The Lovely Bones (later to be made into a rubbish film by Peter Jackson).
Jane Got A Gun‘s producer Scott Steindorff told Deadline: “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.” (Translation: “You’ll never eat lunch in this town again!! Not if the producer of Penelope and The Human Stain has anything to say about it!”)
Well, if Ramsay becomes persona non grata in Hollywood, she’ll still be welcome back here in the UK. If she can’t get a film off the ground here, we’re sure she can at least get a job directing episodes of Miss Marple. There are worse things in this world…