Jane Got a Gun, and Maybe Michael Fassbender, Too


Michael Fassbender in Haywire (2011) Movie ImageI was watching Kevin Costner’s “Open Range” for the umpteenth time late last night and it just got me missing big-budget Westerns again. And when I say “big-budget”, I don’t mean a $250 million dollar Western like the nonsense that is currently going on with Johnny Depp’s “Lone Ranger” movie. I mean, a nice budget, “big” by the standards of what’s being put into Westerns nowadays (which are tiny, basic cable-level TV budgets), but “small” by all Hollywood standards. $10 – $20 million, if you will.

That looks like the kind of budget that the Natalie Portman Western “Jane Got a Gun” will be going with, and if the production has its way, it might also get Michael Fassbender, too.

Word has the ever-busy Fassbender, currently shooting Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor”, in talks to play the male lead in the Western, which would star Portman (who also produces) as the wife of an outlaw whose husband returns home shot to pieces, with his bad guy pals showing up to finish the job. Fassbender would play Portman’s ex-lover, who Portman’s character (Jane, I’m assuming) goes to for help.

Yeah, nothing like the ex showing up asking you to help save the man she dumped you for. From gun-toting outlaws, no less.

“We Need to Talk About Kevin’s” Lynne Ramsay is scheduled to direct the $20 million dollar film from a script by Brian Duffield, with production kicking off as early as next year if Fassbender signs on the dotted line.

I don’t think Fassbender has ever done Westerns before, so this would be a new one for him.

Natalie Portman in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) Movie Image

Via : Vulture

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  • Lexavi80

    Does Jonah Hex qualifies as a western?

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      I know it technically does, but it doesn’t meet my own personal criteria of a Western. I only consider serious movies sans comic book or ghost elements to be true Westerns. Cowboys and Aliens, for instance, isn’t really a Western to me, either. I know, they’re technically Westerns, but I have a pretty narrow definition of the genre — that’s just a thing.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        What about “Purgatory”? You ever seen that?

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

          The TV movie where all the famous Cowboys show up? If so, then again, supernatural elements, not a “real” Western.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            LOL yeah thats it. I thought that was a great flick.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

            It was well done for a cable TV movie, I’ll give it that. But man, what I wouldn’t give for another Lonesome Dove TV series…

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Or a Silverado series or something! Oh I know do a Lonesome Dove series but make it more like Deadwood. Or do a series based on the remake of True Grit.