Gavin O’Connor’s “Jane Got a Gun,” produced by and starring Natalie Portman, has had a hell of a time getting off the ground. After Lynne Ramsay flew the coop last year, the film went to director O’Connor, underwent a musical chairs of talent before wrapping, then was shoved off Relativity’s 2015 slate after the company filed Chapter 11. It was inevitable the troubled western wouldn’t make its September 4, 2015 release date, a placeholder if ever there was one.
Now, The Weinstein Company has sealed a deal to release the film in Europe this November, and the US next February, anticipating a heavy marketing push abroad. No awards-qualifying run this time around, though that was less-than-expected after the rigmarole the film has suffered, from lawsuits to scuttled actors, including Jude Law, who was replaced by Bradley Cooper, who then was replaced by Ewan McGregor.
Was it worth the pain? We’ll know once TWC, which was already on-board to cover the costs of the film’s marketing, releases next year. Similarly, Relativity’s “The Bronze” recently landed at Sony Pictures Classics, softening the blow for Ryan Kavanaugh’s downfall.