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On Monday, Lynne Ramsay was set to begin shooting the western Jane Got a Gun, with Natalie Portman (who is also producing) as a woman who, with a former lover, defends her homestead and spouse against bandits that wounded her husband. Joel Edgerton and Jude Law are also in the cast, with Law replacing Michael Fassbender.

But when day broke on Monday and the cast and crew were in place, Ramsay was nowhere to be found. For reasons unknown to the public, Ramsay didn’t show up, and was effectively fired (or quit) as a result.

Producer/financier Scott Steindorff said yesterday that he and the cast and crew were committed to the film and that a new director would be hired. Now, Warrior director Gavin O’Connor is in talks to make the film, and will reportedly begin directing on Thursday.

Update: Jude Law has now exited the production. Details here.

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Lynne Ramsay

Lynne Ramsay‘s third film, We Need to Talk About Kevin, is nearly a masterpiece of parental paranoia and despair. Based on that, and her previous work, and a great cast, we had big hopes for her new movie, Jane Got a Gun. The indie western stars Natalie Portman as a woman who takes up arms to defend her homestead against the bandits she assumes are en route to finish off her and her wounded husband.

Last week we heard that Michael Fassbender, who had been set to play one of the lead roles, had dropped out, with Joel Edgerton moving over into his role, and Jude Law set to step in to the role vacated by Edgerton. That just seemed like one of those scheduling hiccups that happens, especially on indies. Turns out there might be much bigger problems with the movie.

Jane Got a Gun was set to start shooting yesterday, but when everyone assembled on set, there was one person missing. Lynne Ramsay didn’t show up to direct, and is now off the film. What happened? Right now we only have one point of view on the story. Read More »

With just weeks to go until shooting, Lynne Ramsay‘s Jane Got a Gun has just been hit with some very good news and some very bad news.

Michael Fassbender has just dropped out of the hero role in the Western, leaving Joel Edgerton to take over the spot. But as Edgerton was originally slated to play the villain, that opens up an opportunity for Jude Law to step into his old role. Star Natalie Portman, meanwhile, remains firmly attached to the lead role through this round of casting musical chairs. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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I’m still haunted by Lynne Ramsay‘s last film, We Need to Talk About Kevin, which I believe is one of the best horror films of the last few years. And so “We Need to Talk About Moby Dick in Space” is a great title for the announcement that Ramsay now has financial backing for Mobius, the film in which she’ll launch a version of Herman Melville‘s novel Moby Dick into space. But BAD already took that one, so we’ll go with something more basic.

Regardless, Ramsay and Kevin co-writer Rory Kinnear may now get to make their “psychological action thriller set in deep space.” With many other directors on board, that might sound like a pretty routine effort, but from Ramsay Mobius could become one of the films I’m most excited to see in the next few years. Read More »

Lynne Ramsay has made three very good films (most recently We Need to Talk About Kevin, which followed Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar) and now she’s prepping a western called Jane Got a Gun. The film has Natalie Portman attached to play “a woman whose outlaw husband returns home barely alive and riddled with bullet wounds. She is forced to reach out to an ex-lover and ask if he will help defend her farm when her husband’s gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job.”

Now it looks like Michael Fassbender could be the main recruit. Read More »

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Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cutoff) isn’t going to have the market cornered when it comes to new female-led Westerns. Scottish director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Ratcatcher) is now attached to direct a film called Jane Got a Gun. And now the project has Natalie Portman attached to star and produce. Read More »

Living waaaay out in the sticks (that is: Atlanta) I haven’t yet had a chance to see Lynne Ramsay‘s discussion-sparking 2011 film We Need to Talk About Kevin. But I know the basics, which are that Tilda Swinton plays the mother of a young man named Kevin (Ezra Miller) who isn’t, let’s say, the most sociable sort.

A new poster for the film has arrived, and the image trades on ’70s horror/thriller iconography to present We Need to Talk About Kevin as a film that falls squarely in the same territory originally defined by Rosemary’s Baby. Check it out below. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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I’m a big fan of Lynne Ramsay based on her first two films, Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar. The conversations about her third, We Need to Talk About Kevin, have been extremely tempting to read, but I’m waiting to delve into those until I’ve had a chance to see the film for myself. Suffice to say that the film is polarizing, and sounds like a distinctive piece of work at the very least.

The director has said that she is mulling two possible projects, a drama set in Glasgow, and a bigger sci-fi film. The prospect of the latter is one of the more exciting things I’ve heard in a while — a strong female director moving into sci-fi? Yes, please. Now it seems as if that sci-fi film is her likely next project, and it is a re-telling of Herman Melville‘s landmark novel Moby Dick. How’s that for a surprise? Read More »

One of the most buzzed-about films at Cannes this year was Lynne Ramsay‘s third feature, We Need to Talk About Kevin, in which Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly play the parents of the sociopathic Kevin, played by Ezra Miller. The adaptation of Lionel Shriver‘s 2003 novel was hailed as a difficult but fascinating film, and despite concerns that the film’s off-putting content might limit its commercial prospects, Oscilloscope picked up the movie for distribution in the US.

We still haven’t seen a domestic trailer for the December 2 release. But the film opens in France in late September, so we’ve now got a French teaser and poster — it’s the first real look at the film for anyone not lucky enough to catch it at Cannes, so have a look after the break. Read More »