Relativity's 'Jane Got a Gun' Picked Up by Weinstein Co. (Exclusive)

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Natalie Portman - H 2014

The Natalie Portman Western will be released in November in Europe and in February in the U.S.

The Weinstein Co. has closed a deal to release the Natalie Portman Western Jane Got a Gun in the U.S.

The film will be released in Europe in November and in the U.S. in February. That means the Gavin O'Connor-helmed Western won't get an Oscar-qualifying run this year, as had been the filmmakers' hope. However, the question of domestic distribution is no longer in doubt. TWC plans to give the film a strong marketing and PR push for its Europe release.

TWC and Relativity were originally poised to distribute the film on Sept. 4, with TWC paying for the marketing and Relativity putting it out in theaters. But as Relativity was heading for bankruptcy, the film's future was in doubt. On the eve of Relativity's Chapter 11 filing on July 30, however, attorney David Boies, the film's principal backer, helped extricate the film, which could have been stuck in limbo for months as Relativity's bankruptcy proceedings will likely play out through the fall. The film was produced by Zack Schiller, the son of Boies' law partner Jonathan Schiller.

"We have a longstanding relationship with David Boies and Zack Schiller," TWC COO and president David Glasser told The Hollywood Reporter. "We are obviously very excited by the cut of the movie and the way it turned out. And we decided to come in and take over the release."

Washington power lawyer Boies has worked on many of TWC's high-profile suits, including the company's legal dispute with Warner Bros. over the title The Butler.

Jane Got a Gun's path to release has endured more twists and turns than a typical Hollywood screenplay. The film's original director, Lynne Ramsay, left the project on the first day of shooting. Producer Scott Steindorff quickly scrambled to enlist O'Connor. Jude Law, Michael Fassbender and Bradley Cooper dropped out in succession before production could restart. But the film eventually locked in a cast with Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich and Rodrigo Santoro and had been generating positive buzz before Relativity's implosion.

Portman was at the Toronto Film Festival this week, where her feature directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness screened. That film also is being shopped for domestic distribution.