Lynne Ramsay parted ways with Jane Got a Gun the day she was supposed to begin directing the star-studded Western with Natalie Portman. The troubled production endured last-minute cast shuffling and director Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) stepped in at the last moment to rescue to project, but producers haven’t forgiven Ramsay so easily. They sued the We Need to Talk About Kevin director on Monday for breach of contract, claiming she had agreed to rewrite the script and direct the film for about $800,000 — $500,000 of which she had accepted before not showing up on the film’s first day of production.
Not only did she fail to deliver on her agreement, the suit claims, but Ramsay “was repeatedly under the influence of alcohol, was abusive to members of the cast and crew, and was generally disruptive,” as well as dangerous, “[failing] 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 the proper precautions.”
The lawsuit, first reported by KRQE-CBS in Albuquerque, was filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico, the state in which the movie was filmed earlier this year. In addition to Ramsay’s last-minute departure, Michael Fassbender, Jude Law, and Bradley Cooper all jetted the project before Ewan McGregor came aboard to join Portman and Joel Edgerton.
Ramsay’s agent did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.