By Ohad Amram | Indiewire November 6, 2013 at 2:11PM
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.