Well, we have finally reached a small victory for the Natalie Portman movie that may have never seen the light of day (or in this case the hot Western sun at high noon) Jane Got A Gun. For a very long time now, it has suffered plaguing setbacks (such as a director switch), but the biggest problem as of late was the distribution company Relativity’s own financial combustions getting in the way of this film’s release. It was due to be released in September, only to be left out in the cold without much promotion. Sure, it’s hard to take care of a film when a company’s future is at stake.
That’s why Relativity has let JGAG go, and the film is now finally free. Relativity’s films face the potential risk of being frozen along with the borderline inevitable bankruptcy Ryan Kavanaugh and his company will likely file for. David Boies fought for JGAG to be separated from Relativity, as he has been the principal financer for the product.
An article states:
Boies, the attorney who has been involved in everything from successfully suing states over Proposition 8 that led to a Supreme Court victory in 2013 to defending Sony in the hacking case, is principal backer of the film that’s produced by Zack Schiller, the son of Boies’s law partner Jonathan Schiller. The original deal was for Relativity and The Weinstein Company to distribute together, with Relativity releasing September 4. When Relativity hit the rocks with its debtors, the attorney did his best to pull back the picture. That just happened. The prime movers on this were Tucker Tooley, Ryan Kavanaugh’s right hand guy who is expected to stay on and help clean up whatever form the distressed Relativity ultimately takes, and Zack Schiller (acting for Boies and Scott Steindorff.)
With successful maneuvering, JGAG is now a separate entity from the Relativity family. This is a good sign for other films that are attached to this sinking ship. While JGAG’s future is still not sculpted entirely, a form is finally taking shape. With a projected early 2016 release, we may finally see Portman gun sling. It is uncertain if The Weinstein Company will release the film alone or if any other company will want to get on board, but JGAG is no longer being suffocated by headlines that feature the names Ryan Kavanaugh and Relativity. To Kavanaugh and Relativity, the best of luck is to be wished. No matter what poor mistakes one makes, it surely cannot be easy to see such a young company (of which still probably feels like a cinephile’s dream to Kavanaugh) be so heavily pelted by finances, the media and all of the film world. Still, it is a good day knowing that JGAG will finally (hopefully) carry the power its name suggests.
JGAG’s fate can be found here.
Thanks to Belerofonte and jesslv74 for this article. Let’s see where the film goes from here!