It seems like this film just can’t catch a break. After all of the various controversies surrounding Jane Got a Gun, including the last minute departure of filmmaker Lynne Ramsay and the subsequent cast comings and goings, which saw Bradley Cooper, Michael Fassbender, and Jude Law sign on and then drop out (sometimes within a matter of days), things seemed to have quieted down. The movie was filmed and was all set to come out this August, and folks were starting to look forward to it, rightly so. Now, it’s come out that Relativity has pushed the film to an unspecified future date, purportedly to make room for the Pierce Brosnan spy flick November Man to open on that day instead. Is this a bad sign or just more bad luck? Well, the one constant has been Natalie Portman, who still stars, this time with Gavin O’Connor at the helm and Joel Edgerton, Noah Emmerich, and Ewan McGregor costarring in the roles that Cooper, Fassbender, and Law would have played, so it could be either one. The new release date might wind up telling us a lot. You can read more below, and stay tuned to find out what ultimately happens with Jane Got a Gun…
Here’s the story from The Hollywood Reporter:
Relativity has set Pierce Brosnan spy movie November Man for release in the U.S. on August 27, the Wednesday before the Labor Day holiday weekend. At the same time, the company is pushing back the release of Natalie Portman’s high-profile Western Jane Got a Gun from its original release date of Friday, Aug. 29. A new release date has not yet been announced.
Directed by Roger Donaldson, November Man is Brosnan’s longtime passion project. The former James Bond star plays an ex-CIA operative who is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil.
The actioner, which is based on the novel There Are No Spies by Bill Granger and a screenplay by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek, also stars Olga Kurylenko and Luke Bracey.
Brosnan’s Irish DreamTime and Das Films produced the project, in association with The Solution Entertainment Group, Merced Media Partners and Palmstar Media Capital. Beau St. Clair and Sriram Das are the producers on the project.
November Man is the second teaming of Relativity with Donaldson, who directed 2008’s The Bank Job. Relativity picked up November Man for U.S. distribution in early April.
With the departure of Jane Got a Gun, the remaining wide releases for Labor Day weekend include Lionsgate’s horror pic Jessabelle, Universal’s thriller The Loft and, on Wednesday, The Weinstein Co.’s animated pic Underdogs.
Jane Got a Gun, which co-stars Noah Emmerich, Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton, made headlines as filming began when director Lynne Ramsay dropped out and the project underwent numerous cast changes as Michael Fassbender left, and Jude Law and Bradley Cooper both joined the project and then dropped out. Edgerton took over the role vacated by Fassbender, while McGregor took on the villain character Law and Cooper were hired to play.
The Weinstein Co. and Relativity teamed up to handle U.S. distribution for the Western, which was directed by Gavin O’Connor.
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