JANE GOT A GUN, Lynne Ramsay Gets A Lawsuit

Back in March, the news got out that the production of the western Jane Got A Gun had hit a rather severe snag on its first day of shooting: director Lynne Ramsay (We Need To Talk About Kevin) never showed up, leaving the cast and crew stranded.

The weeks that followed were rife with rumors and accusations, both from supporters of Lynne Ramsay on one side and supporters of producer Scott Steindorff on the other side. Within a day, Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) stepped in to take over the directing duties, ensuring the survival of the film. With some delays and cast changes (Michael Fassbender left and got replaced with first Jude Law, then Bradley Cooper, and finally Ewan McGregor), Jane Got A Gun indeed wrapped up shooting this summer.

But you could bet on it that once all parties had ordered and shuffled their papers, lawsuits would start to appear. And this Monday, according to krqe.com that is exactly what happened.
In a federal lawsuit filed by the movie's producers, they paint a pretty damning picture of Lynne Ramsay and her conduct prior to the first day of shooting. Quote:

"During this period of time, Defendant Ramsay was repeatedly under the influence of alcohol, was abusive to members of the cast and crew and was generally disruptive... Defendant Ramsay failed to adhere to proper safety protocol for handling weapons on set, when she pointed a prop gun directly at a camera and, in turn, at the camera crew before first taking proper precautions."

Ouch. The lawsuit also states that Lynne Ramsay was already paid to tweak the script and direct the movie, and demands the salary back, with punitive damages added for fraud and breach of contract.
There has been no reply yet from camp Ramsay, but the added details in the lawsuit about her conduct imply that this fight will get pretty dirty. To be continued.
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  • davebaxter

    We'll see. The last time the producers claimed something about Ramsey's behavior (that she surprised everyone by simply not showing up on the first day of shooting), that turned out to be untrue (she had announced her departure from the project to the producers the week before). This sounds mostly just like a bunch of character assassination stuff about the drinking and pointing guns and whatnot. The only question at stake is what her contract allowed and what, if anything, she did to conform to that.

  • Ultimo Lee

    You cannie sue her for that. She's scottish.

  • Ouch.

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