Lynn Ramsay was brought in to direct Jane Got a Gun, with Natalie Portman as the star and co-producer. Strong female lead, strong female visionary director. Seems like a great match, right? Well, Ramsay walked off the set – if you want a story spun a certain way you give the scoop to Deadline. The press simply follows their lead blindly. I’ll never understand that part of it. That happened this past year with the Oscar race, the year before with the Oscar race, and now, with Jane’s got a Gun. A different take from the Guardian:
Following her dramatic withdrawal last week from her first Hollywood movie on the first day of shooting, director Lynne Ramsay will take some time to recover her reputation. Ramsay failed to turn up for the beginning of Jane Got a Gun, the feminist western she’d been preparing for months in Los Angeles. While this is unprecedented behaviour for a director, I understand that Ramsay believes she had no choice but to withdraw from the film after a series of compromises over cast and locations reached critical mass, including a falling out with the film’s star and co-producer, Natalie Portman. I understand the problem also stemmed from Ramsay having been promised final cut on the movie, but it having become clear that this was not going to happen.