When “Jane Got A Gun” began to run into trouble with a revolving door of directors and actors, Joel admitted that he played an active part in bringing Gavin O’Connor aboard as director to salvage the production:
"When we got to the point where we knew we needed someone new, he was definitely someone I was pushing forward. I think in a way, Gavin’s the kind of guy who normally wouldn’t have entertained that kind of a situation. But he and I had been talking about working together again ever since "Warrior," which was enough of a curiosity for him to read the script, and then that drew him in, and then it was all written in stone from there. So yeah, I had a large part in that, but also, I think that Gavin’s body of work meant that he was a strong candidate."
"That guy works so hard and so tirelessly that it’s very infectious, so he’s been a really good role model and leader. I think we’re making a really great movie here."