JANE GOT A GUN But No Actors. Bradley Cooper Becomes Latest To Abandon Ship.

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
I don't believe I've ever seen a production as anticipated as the Natalie Portman starring and produced western Jane Got A Gun turn so bad, so quickly. The early exit of Michael Fassbender was clearly an omen, in retrospect, but nobody thought too much of it at the time as scheduling things happen all the time. It was just a simple little shuffle ... Fassbender left, Joel Edgerton - already cast as the villain - moved over into the hero role and Jude Law came on as villain.

And then the wheels fell off.

Director Lynne Ramsay beat a hasty retreat on the eve of production, actors and crew turning up to day one of principal photography to discover they had no director. Ramsay was replaced by Gavin O'Connor but that didn't stop Jude Law from leaving and being replaced by Bradley Cooper in the villain part and now Cooper has exited as well.

This, friends, is a mess. An enormous, very costly mess. And whatever was thought of the Ramsay exit at the time it's clear the issues run much deeper.
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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "I don't believe I've ever seen a production as anticipated as the Natalie Portman starring and produced western Jane Got A Gun turn so bad, so quickly. "

    It´s sad though.....wanted to see a Ramsay directed western, so badly.

    "and being replaced by Bradley Cooper in the villain part and now Cooper has exited as well."

    Throw a another log on the fire.....Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Sam Elliott etc......I would love see one of those guys.

    "This, friends, is a mess. An enormous, very costly mess. And whatever was thought of the Ramsay exit at the time it's clear the issues run much deeper."

    Yeah, this project took a sharp left turn.......who knows, in the future we might get another cool doc, like Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse(1991).
    Thanks for the info, Mr Brown.

  • Taskerlands

    Cooper left - at least according to an official statement, which sounds logical - because filming of the new David O. Russel movie he's starring in, in Boston, had been postponed for a few weeks thanks to the bombings. That delay means shooting will butt up against his responsibilities in promoting HANGOVER 3, and all this coincided with the time he would've been needed on JANE. That's why he had to withdraw.

    Not than anything malicious was implied by your story - and the production is certainly a mess - but I figure it's worth adding this to the dialog. It sounds like Cooper wanted to do the film. Not sure the same can be said for the others who exited and didn't offer up any kind of a explanation. I wonder if the truth will ever come out about this one - it's a bizarre set of circumstances, that's for sure.

  • kevo42

    Mister Brown, do you have any idea why this is happening ? I really loved Morvern Callar from Lynne Ramsey, and I'm really sad that she gave herself a really bad reputation with this decision.

  • stwsr

    I sort of feel that she's somewhat vindicated by the continuing drama surrounding this production.

  • As do I.

  • Dave Baxter

    She was largely vindicated when it was revealed that she had given notice of her quitting days before the first day of shooting, and yet the producer(s) had very specifically tried to spin the story as an "unprecedented" no-show on the first day. Some insiders had spoken out and said that Ramsay was frustrated by a lack of approved schedule, script, or budget, plus no final word on whether she'd get final cut or not. Now every additional problem seems to have arisen largely due to "scheduling" problems, including financial issues when 175 extras had to be sent home, unused, due to "delays". "Scheduling" and "delays" in these cases tend to be synonymous with each other, and with the original director jettisoning supposedly due to delayed negotiations and physical materials, and the new director barely gotten started, these delays have to be placed at the producers' feet.

    And if the producers are the ones that can't get it together, this may be never ending, though they might by luck, happenstance, and persistence end up with a finished movie somewhere down the line. But with the whole creative team becoming pinch-hitters, you know we're dealing with a formulaic, fill-in-the-blanks Mad Libs style product.

  • I strongly doubt anyone who really knows what's happening is allowed to say. The way Ramsay left was a PR mess, for sure, but I can't imagine it would have happened if all was well behind the scenes.

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