One of the strangest things to happen in the film world happened yesterday. The fantastic director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Ratcatcher) was set to direct the upcoming western Jane Got a Gun (2014) starring Natalie Portman and Jude Law however on the very first day of shooting, the director was nowhere to be seen. Yes, without even a day’s shoot behind her, Lynne Ramsay has left Jane Got a Gun. This must be some sort of record and what an odd record; if it is a record, to have.
I’m actually quite fond of Lynne Ramsay. Her work is often quite profound focusing heavily on symbolism however she often goes a number of years without making a film. In fact she shares a similar working pattern to Terrence Malick, making barely anything until the 2010’s and then making a load of films. Well, that would be the case if she hadn’t left Jane Got a Gun.
Nevertheless, it appears that the film will carry on without Ramsay (which is fantastic for the crew who are the real unfortunate ones here) with Warrior director Gavin O’Connor taking the helm. It’s a shame that Ramsay has left the project and I’m sure some people will be angry but there must have been a big reason for it. Perhaps the studio behind the film was trying to push the film in a different direction to what Ramsay was planning to make. Though oddly enough, this is not the first film she walked out of a project. Ramsay famously left The Lovely Bones and look how that turned out. Is it too late to try and get Ramsay back on board?