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November 6, 2013 2:11 PM
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'Jane Got a Gun' Producers Allege Lynne Ramsay Was Drunk and 'Abusive' On Set

Even with director Lynne Ramsay out of the picture, the troubled Western "Jane Got a Gun" continues to court controversy months after her departure, with the film now in post-production.

To recap: The Natalie Portman vehicle was scheduled to begin shooting earlier this year with Ramsay ("We Need To Talk About Kevin") at the helm, but not a single camera rolled until late spring/early summer when the project was salvaged by director Gavin O'Connor ("Warrior"), who came in to save the day after Ramsay was a no-show on her own set. Reportedly unbeknownst to Portman and Jude Law (who was initially replaced by Bradley Cooper, and ultimately Ewan McGregor), Ramsay had dropped the project after disputes with one of the films' producers/financiers.

Now comes news that Ramsay is being accused of having showed up on set intoxicated and treating both the cast and crew unjustly. The producers are looking to get back the $500,000 Ramsay was reportedly paid to polish Brian Duffield's script and direct the film.

To do so, they have filed a federal lawsuit against Ramsay asserting that the director "during this period of time, was repeatedly under the influence of alcohol, was abusive to members of the cast and crew and was generally disruptive."

The lawsuit goes on to claim that "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."

Relativity and The Weinstein Company are distributing the film.

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16 Comments

  • Guest | November 9, 2013 12:12 AMReply

    First of all, both Natalie Portman and her long time manager Aleen Keshishian are producers on this and so they are amongst the complainants. So we can finally put to bed all of the nonsense about Portman being in the dark or some kind of victim here which was obviously all spin so none of this would touch her pristine image. She and her colleagues are potentially ruining Lynne Ramsay's entire career here over a sum of money that they all probably have 1000 times over in their current checking accounts. How low can they go? No wonder the whole thing ended up being so toxic and everyone went running (including ultimately the scriptwriter himself) when the show was being run by people like this.

  • llon | November 7, 2013 2:56 PMReply

    Pretty surprised there isn't an editor's note or the author responding to the claims in the comment section. Obviously, there looks to be a bigger story here, but...

  • Jeesie | November 7, 2013 11:27 AMReply

    Really? From other soruces, I heard Natalie Portman and her rude and arrogant behaviour was the problem for why this movie was a mess. Lynn left, along with many leading actors like Michael Fassbender, Bradley Cooper, Jude Law. Even insiders who worked with Portman on Jane said she is rude and fights with them, Funny, Natalie is even one of the producers of this flop film. Is this article trying to cover her ass by saying Lynn was the problem?
    Portman seems like a nasty piece of work. I don't believe it was Lynn Ramsey fault.

  • erin | November 7, 2013 1:19 AMReply

    This article and these allegations against Lynn Ramsey are infuriating. They would never be made about a male director and the absolute trainwreck this film was on its way to screen should not be pinned on the director who joined the project but more likely on the producers who obviously had no idea what they were doing. She's made some great films without ever having a reputation close to what they're alleging. And who sues an artist so publicly when they've already wreaked such damage on her career?

  • Tim Grimes | November 7, 2013 12:36 AMReply

    One real tragedy here is that you call yourselves Indiewire like you're independent. Lynne is a true artist in this sham of an art form. The real story here is how a bunch of money people hired an artist to make a film she could not stand behind. The real story is how the creatives who signed on to work with Lynne a true artist, left with her knowing all they ( the money people ) wanted was to make a cliche western. The other story here is how no one wanted to work on this leaderless (from a producer standpoint) disaster. Lynne had a vision. Worked tirelessly on the script. The other story is how they failed to pay the crew on numerous occasions or how there was no money for sets, do your homework Ohad Amram. You wanna talk? it might be too late. Lazy Journalist.

  • Evan F. | November 6, 2013 11:31 PMReply

    Indiewire - do your job as journalists and as a respectable media organization when you know your passing along of another parties allegations is bound to harm an individuals reputation - especially when the other party has motives. This is just smears that a little talking to different sources with the crew to get other point of views could easily clear up. I'm sorry this is lazy journalism on your part and speaks poorly of your outlet which I've respected. Have some standards!

  • Tim Grimes | November 7, 2013 12:22 AM

    Seriously. Thank you.

  • tim Grimes | November 6, 2013 10:40 PMReply

    This article is basically lies. I was the production designer on the film before Lynne, myself, Darius and Catherine George left in solidarity. Lynne was never abusive to anyone on the crew. She never pointed a gun at anyone on set She handled western fire arms in a conference room where she was shown the weight and feel of the guns. She was nothing but kind and down to earth to the crew. She had problems at the producer level. This article distorts facts and attempts to paint Lynne as and out of control Director which she was not. Shame on you indie wire.

  • Tulse Luper | November 6, 2013 7:21 PMReply

    The idea that Indiewire or any other news organization who's sole purpose is to cover the movie business could ignore this story is patently absurd. You can call it sexism but I guarantee that if a male director dropped out of a Natalie Portman film on FIRST DAY OF SHOOTING and then was hit with a lawsuit that alleged the things this suit alleges against Ramsay, it would DEFINITELY be reported and be news. The details are too titillating to ignore - male or female director. I for one happen to think it the opposite of sexist to acknowledge this business is populated by horrible people of both genders.

  • spassky | November 7, 2013 9:51 AM

    Alleged details -- repeat-- ALLEGED details.

  • Rebs | November 6, 2013 7:04 PMReply

    Thank you Cushla for your comments. This article is unnecessary -- can you imagine if we wrote about every male director who was abusive and drunk on set? Having worked in the film industry for many years, I had a former boss who was often disturbingly strung out or high for much of the time I worked for him, yet his bosses labeled him as a "creative genius." If this were a female, she would have been labeled "out of control" and promptly fired. Enough of this sexism, Indiewire -- report on something more interesting please.

  • spassky | November 7, 2013 9:54 AM

    RE: TOTALLYNOTLYNNERAMSAY

    You're certified nuts and a putrid person. That you passed the bar is evidence of the rot swelling within the American legal system.

    You have no idea what you are talking about.

    And I have absolutely nothing to do with the film industry, Lynne Ramsay, or any of this shit. You are just a repugnant piece of misogynistic shit.

    "you yappy broads" -- throw yourself in a hole and die.

  • CinemaPsycho | November 7, 2013 12:24 AM

    The difference here is that there is a lawsuit involved. Hence, it is a news story whether people like it or not. If Wes Anderson (let's just say) dropped out of a film and were hit with a similar lawsuit with similar allegations, I would assume it would be reported on here. Also, please notice the word "ALLEGE" in the headline.

  • TotallyNotLynneRamsay | November 7, 2013 12:08 AM

    wow, Lynne Ramsay, this is crazy that you - or possibly some person(s) in your employ - are obviously commenting on a story about yourself, most likely under multiple names and blaming sexism for your problems while claiming that, actually, this isn't even a story and journalists should find other things to concern themselves with. good old sexism accusations; they can get u out of anything. as for drunk men getting away with everything... does "Jan Michael Vincent" ring a bell? what'd he get away with? you yappy broads are all the same: "sexism, this!" "patriarchy, that!" just kidding, i love womans. but seriously, u need to come up with a better strategy than venting in the comments sections of articles about your lawsuit, and fast. like, for instance, maybe, hiring a lawyer? trust me, i'm a lawyer. but i dunno. just a suggestion.

  • Mark Withers | November 6, 2013 3:00 PMReply

    Lynne Ramsay was surely just channeling Sam Peckinpah to muster up the appropriate approach!

  • Cushla | November 6, 2013 3:44 PM

    Yes Mark, same old, same old. Male director turns up drunk and abusive, everyone is in awe and admires his wild antics. Female director turns up emotional, difficult and stroppy, she's abusive and drunk (drunk? What's your source? The producers who have a dud film and looking to blame someone?). Indiewire - you should check yourself before you start sensationalising these kind of headlines, you are perpetuating the rampart sexism of the film industry and film media.