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Movie producers fire director over breach of contract

Within virtually any California business arrangement, parties rely upon written contracts to define and determine the responsibilities of each person or entity outlined within. The completion of many projects relies upon the concerted efforts of all parties to abide by the provisions set out within the applicable contracts. When those provisions are not met, breach of contract occurs, and the matter often results in a lawsuit.

Such may be the case in the recent dispute between the producers and director of a film project titled "Jane Got a Gun." Reports suggest that the director of the film, Lynne Ramsay, walked away from the project in March. The producers have now filed a lawsuit against her, claiming breach of contract.

The suit alleges that Ramsay failed to abide by her contract by refusing to make changes to the script. In addition, she is alleged to have come to work while intoxicated, and to have treated cast and crew in an abusive manner. There have also been a number of cast and directorial changes made, although it is unclear whether these changes were the result of any action carried out by Ramsay.

California is home to the most productive film industry in the nation. The vast majority of these film projects rely upon contracts to move from the stage of conception to a finished product. When things go awry, a lawsuit often follows. In many cases, the matter is resolved outside of a courtroom, and some projects are able to move forward successfully. In this case, more details may become available as the breach of contract lawsuit moves forward, but producers are confident that the film will reach theaters at some point in 2014.

Source: The Huffington Post, 'Jane Got A Gun' Producers File Lawsuit Against Lynne Ramsay, Christopher Rosen, Nov. 6, 2013

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