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Lynne Ramsay denies receiving 'Jane Got a Gun' lawsuit

Last week, word broke that the producers of Jane Got a Gun — the troubled Western that stars Natalie Portman as a vengeful gunslinger — were suing the project’s original director, Lynne Ramsay, for breach of contract. The suit alleges that Ramsay accepted $500,000 of her $800,000 salary before she failed to show up for the film’s first day of production; additionally, it claims, Ramsay “was repeatedly under the influence of alcohol, was abusive to members of the cast and crew, and was generally disruptive.”

Now Ramsay has fired back, denying both the allegations made in the suit and the fact that she’s received the suit in the first place. “Lynne Ramsay has not been served with this lawsuit and, when she is, she will respond in court and not in the media,” a rep for the director said in a statement released Saturday and obtained by EW. “That said, the allegations as recently reported are simply false. Lynne looks forward to presenting the truth about this situation in the proper forum.”

After several false starts and a revolving door of big-name actors — Michael Fassbender, Jude Law, and Bradley Cooper each signed on for and subsequently dropped out of a role that eventually went to Ewan McGregor — Jane Got a Gun finally began shooting in New Mexico last spring. Ramsay left the film in March; she was replaced by Warrior helmer Gavin O’Connor.

Cannes: Directors Fortnight lineup announced

The Directors Fortnight announced its full lineup on Tuesday, including nine short films and 21 features which will run parallel to the Cannes Film Festival in May. Notable selections include the Ruairi Robinson’s sci-fi film Last Days on Mars, starring Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Romola Garai (The Hour), and Olivia Williams (Rushmore), and Sebastian Silva’s thriller Magic Magic, about a tourist in Chile who starts to experience a metal breakdown, with Juno Temple (Killer Joe) and Michael Cera (Arrested Development).

Avant-garde Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Holy Mountain) will return to the Festival with a film about his life, and Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) will show her short Swimmer. Jodorowsky is also the subject of a documentary in the lineup, about his aborted version of the film Dune, which would go on to be directed by David Lynch.

Running from May 16 to May 26, the Directors Fortnight is now in its 45th year. It was started in 1969 by the French Directors Guild, who continues to manage the selections to this day. A handful of films presented in this category are even eligible to compete for the Camera d’Or prize, denoted on the list with an asterisk. Ari Folman’s (Waltz with Bashir) hybrid live action and animated feature The Congress, based on Stanislaw Lem’s The Futurological Congress and starring Robin Wright and Jon Hamm, will open the sidebar.

Check out the full selection below.

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Casting Net: Drew Barrymore to reunite with Adam Sandler; Plus, Emma Watson will not be the next Cinderella, Jude Law, more

• Drew Barrymore is set to re-team with Adam Sandler for a new comedy about Jim and Lauren, who go on a blind date and then somehow get stuck at a resort with children from previous marriages. The two starred together in 1998’s delightful Wedding Singer and 2004’s could-have-been-worse 50 First Dates. Despite Sandler’s recent slate of films, Barrymore does have a solid track record of bringing some heart to his comedies, so we’ll remain cautiously optimistic about the still-untitled project. Frequent Sandler collaborator Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer) will direct. [Variety]

• Lynne Ramsay’s Jane Got a Gun had some major casting shifts Tuesday. The highly anticipated Western stars Natalie Portman as Jane Hammond, who has no choice but to ask an ex-lover to help defend her farm from the gang out to kill her husband. Originally, Michael Fassbender was set to play Hammond’s ex, with Joel Edgerton as the villain. The latest news is that Fassbender has left the project, Edgerton will now play the ex-lover, and Jude Law (who starred with Portman in Closer) has stepped into the villain role. The X-Men: Days of Future Past shooting schedule is reportedly why Fassbender had to exit the project, but if you were really hoping to seeing him and Portman share the screen, you still have that Terrence Malick project to look forward to…assuming neither of them end up on the cutting room floor. [THR]

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'We Need to Talk About Kevin' director's sci-fi 'Moby Dick' film gets funding

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Lynne Ramsay, the director behind last year’s dark, twisted film We Need to Talk About Kevin, which deals with the relationship between a mother and her psychopath son, is on board to direct a science-fiction project loosely based on Herman Melville’s also dark and twisted 1851 classic novel Moby Dick.

Besides Ramsay at the helm, with her Kevin co-writer Rory Kinnear also penning the script, the project, titled Mobius, is being financed and produced by Scott Steindorff and his company Scott Pictures, with Ramsay co-producing, Scott Pictures and Ramsay’s agent confirmed to EW. Scott Pictures is also producing Ramsay’s upcoming western Jane Got a Gun, scheduled to start filming in January with Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender.

Instead of Moby Dick‘s plot centered on a sea captain enraged by a violent whale, Mobius will juice up the premise within a futuristic, deep-space setting. In the film, “a captain consumed by revenge takes his crew on a death mission fuelled by his own ego and will to control an enigmatic alien,” according to Scott Pictures.
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