Few films have spent a more tortuous time in development hell in the past couple of years than “Jane Got A Gun.”
The script by Brian Duffield appeared on the 2011 Black List, and come 2012 it appeared as if things were running smoothly as Natalie Portman and acclaimed “We Need to Talk About Kevin” director Lynne Ramsey boarded the project. However, things were more problematic than anyone initially expected, and just as production on the film was about to begin in 2013, Ramsey stepped away. Her removal sent the movie into a tailspin, and while Gavin O’Connor (“Warrior”) stepped in to replace her, the film has never gotten closer to seeing the light of day in theaters. To make matters worse, Relativity was forced to put the movie up for sale over the summer after the company went bankrupt.
Fortunately, luck is about to change for “Jane Got a Gun” thanks to The Weinstein Company. In a rather conspicuous turn of events, TWC has acquired the movie for a February 2016 release. The western co-stars Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich, Rodrigo Santoro and Boyd Holbrook.
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Considering Harvey Weinstein is notorious for making edits on his picked-up projects, it appears there is at least enough potential in the movie for him to mine. Audiences will finally be able to see what all the fuss is about early next year.