To say the third time’s the charm is perhaps being too optimistic. Relativity’s “Jane’s Got A Gun” has been a remarkably troubled production from the get-go. It’s gone through two directors (finally settling on Gavin O’Connor), three villains (Bradley Cooper, Jude Law, and finally Ewan McGregor), and one ugly lawsuit (a civil action was filed against original director Lynne Ramsay after she abruptly quit the film before production, but it was settled out of court earlier this year).
Now it’s shifting release dates once more. Originally due this summer in August, the Western was pushed to February 2015. Now it’s being delayed again, this time for eight months, and it won’t land in theaters until September 4th. That’s the week after the Labor Day weekend, which is not quite a dumping ground, but isn’t exactly the best time to release a movie (one successful outlier is Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion,” which was released that same weekend in 2011 and went on to gross $130 million domestically). Is “Jane Got A Gun” troubled? Well, we already know it is, now it’s a matter if they’ve overcome those circumstances to deliver a good movie. In O’Connor’s favor? “Warrior” which also came out the same weekend as Soderbergh’s movie in 2011. Now that wasn’t at all successful ($23 million worldwide), but it was so underrated it’s gone on to become a undersung fight classic, so there’s that.
“Jane Got a Gun” stars Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich, Rodrigo Santoro, and Boyd Holbrook, and centers on a woman (Portman) who asks her ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him. See you on September 4th.