This doesn’t sound like something that happens everyday. Lynne Ramsay, who was supposed to direct an independent film starring Natalie Portman, didn’t show up for work. According to Deadline, Ramsay abruptly dropped out of the film, with the cast and crew learning when they arrived on set Monday that she was gone. The film’s producer, Scott Steindorff, says they are looking for a new director.
Lawyer Marty Singer has been retained for the production, according to Steindorff, and he is keeping his options open. “My focus is on making this movie, but I will protect all my rights,” he says, calling Ramsay’s departure an “irresponsible act.” “I’m shocked and so disappointed someone would do this to 150 crew members who devoted so much time, energy, commitment and loyalty to a project.”
Ramsay, who is best known for the 2011 film “We Need To Talk About Kevin,” has yet to comment on her departure, but Steindorff believes a replacement director is imminent. “We are keeping the show going on, directors are flying in,” he says.