Weinstein Co. and Relativity Partner for 'Jane Got a Gun'
UPDATED: Exclusive Media is also coming off a successful Cannes Film Market, where it impressed foreign distributors with footage.
The Weinstein Co. and Relativity are teaming up to sign a domestic distribution for Jane Got a Gun, the Natalie Portman Western.
The deal will cap off on a high note the many ups and downs the production has faced in recent months, from losing actors such as Michael Fassbender and Bradley Cooper to having to find a new director when its original director left on the day of principal photography.
CAA is representing U.S. rights to the film, while Exclusive Media is handling international. Exclusive and CAA shared footage from Jane at the just-wrapped Cannes Film Market, both to domestic and foreign distributors. Insiders say Exclusive is in the process of closing deals for distribution rights in Eastern Europe, Latin America, Russia, Scandinavia and Australia. Other major territories were sold off earlier this year at the European Film Market in Berlin.
Details are unclear as to how the Relativity and Weinstein partnership will work since it is still coming together.
An unlikely hero who stepped in to aid the film — whose budget has grown from $15 million to north of $25 million — is noted attorney David Bois. His daughter, Regency Bois, is a producer on the movie, and sources say father and daughter have ponied up millions.
Other producers include Portman, Scott Steindorff, Terry Dougas, and Aleen Keshishian.
Jane’s troubles first began when it lost Fassbender about month out of the start of production. Then director Lynn Ramsey dramatically left the day before shooting was to have begun in New Mexico.
A mad scramble led to director Gavin O’Connor boarding the movie which then lost some more actors, including Cooper. Cooper initially rode in as a savior but then had to bail due to scheduling complications caused by the Boston Marathon bombings.
With a domestic distribution deal underway, Jane, which is still in production, could ride into the sunset.
Pamela McClintock contributed to this report.
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