Relativity Fights Bankruptcy – What of The Secret Scripture?

natalieportman_janegotagunNatalie Portman in a promotional still for Gavin O’Connor’s Jane Got a Gun (via MovieWeb)

UPDATE: Relativity has given up rights to Gavin O’Connor’s Jane Got a Gun, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As for what happens next, well, we’ll have to wait and see.

Bankruptcy looms over Relativity Media, according to The Playlist. The distributor has put three of its biggest films – Bryan Buckley’s Sundance comedy The Bronze with Melissa Rauch, Eran Creevy’s thriller Collide (once called Autobahn) with Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones, and, most notably to this blog, Gavin O’Connor’s Western Jane Got a Gun with Natalie Portman – up for sale. Relativity is holding screenings in hopes that these films sell.

The lattermost flick, though littered with pre-production troubles, seemed to offer a potential best-actress contender in Portman, whose Jane asks her ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him. The Weinstein Co. was expected to co-distribute Jane; the mini major may pick up full distribution rights. Even so, the once-expected Sept. 4 release is no longer in the cards; expect Jane to hit theaters next year.

Relativity will keep Jared Hess’ comedy Masterminds with Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis for its Oct. 9 release. The distrib has also halted production on its Crow remake with Jack Huston. Last week, it moved Luis Prieto’s Kidnap with Halle Berry to Feb. 26, 2016.

We’ve no idea what’s happening with Mike Flanagan’s Before I Wake and D.J. Caruso’s The Disappointments Room (genre films slated to hit theaters on Sept. 25), and Barry Sonnenfeld’s Nine Lives with Jennifer Garner, Kevin Spacey, and Christopher Walken.

rooneymara_secretscripture-setRooney Mara on the set of Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture (via AceShowbiz)

What strikes me as curious, though, is that these updates on Relativity’s bankruptcy dealings fail to mention Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture. The distributor had apparently handed the thriller starring Rooney Mara and Vanessa Redgrave to its specialty division, Relativity Squared. IMDb currently lists no stateside distributor for Scripture, so we shouldn’t expect to see it anytime soon.

Between Scripture and Todd Haynes’ Carol, Mara boasted two leading roles this year. Given the nature of the former (mental hospital!) and acclaim for her (Cannes win!) in the latter, category fraud of some kind was to be expected. However, with Scripture out of the way, Mara only has one pony in the race. Meanwhile, Carol co-lead Cate Blanchett also has James Vanderbilt’s Rathergate drama Truth, in which she’s apparently the lead.

What I’m saying is, we should still expect some kind of category fraud stemming from Carol, but maybe it won’t be the kind we expect.

Anyway, other flicks on Squared’s slated are/were Andrew Heckler’s Burden, Everything I Never Told You, and The Tribes of Palos Verdes, according to this Variety article from earlier this year.



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