'Warrior' Director Gavin O'Connor Now Taking Over 'Jane Got a Gun'
by Ethan Anderton
March 20, 2013
Following yesterday's troubling and seemingly inexplicable news that We Need to Talk About Kevin director Lynne Ramsay dropped out of directing the western drama Jane Got a Gun by simply not showing up on the first day of production, it sounds like producer Scott Steindorff has recovered as gracefully as he can with a new director. Deadline reports Warrior director Gavin O'Connor has come on to replace Ramsay as director of the story that follows a woman (Natalie Portman) whose outlaw husband returns home barely alive and riddled with bullet wounds, forcing her to reach out to an ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) to help defend her farm when her husband’s gang (led by Jude Law) tracks him down to finish the job.
We're still not sure what caused Ramsay to leave, but since Michael Fassbender also left the project, maybe there's something going on behind the scenes that we don't know about? While usually I'm inclined to side with the creative side of a project rather than the money behind a film, lead actress Natalie Portman is also a producer, so she has quite an investment in this film on the creative side. There's still no word on why Ramsay left the production like this, especially since Steindorff had "millions of dollars invested, we’re ready to shoot, we have a great script, crew and cast."
Maybe we'll never know what happened, but we're glad a talented director like Gavin O'Connor is being brought on board to save the production, make sure a bunch of crew members aren't out of a job, and hopefully deliver a quality film. If you're not familiar with O'Connor, his film Warrior is definitely worth a look. More recently, O'Connor directed the pilot for the increasingly fantastic 80s-set Russian spy drama series "The Americans" at FX, and he remains an executive producer. If he can bring the kind of quality to Jane Got a Gun that he delivered with that series, then this film should be just fine. Sound good?