Woody Allen Is Crying Because No One Wants to Produce His Films

Lewis Collier
February 8, 2019

In the lawsuit, Allen claims that Amazon backed out of the agreement after his daughter, Dylan Farrow, renewed longstanding accusations that Allen molested her as a child.

Wood Allen is suing Amazon. Amazon said it "wanted to be the "home" for Mr. Allen's films for the remainder of his career", according to the suit, and it wooed him and his production company, Gravier Productions, away from their previous backers.

As retribution for backing out of their agreement, Allen is asking reimbursement for the $9 million that he reportedly spent to self-finance A Rainy Day in NY, in addition to the minimum guarantee of $25 to $27 million Amazon allegedly agreed to pay to license the film.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday, says that Amazon knew about a "25-year-old" allegation before signing with Allen in 2017, but still used it as an excuse to back out of the deal.

Amazon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the suit. Several actresses have also won Oscars for his movies.

Then - on June 19, 2018 - Allen says he was served a termination notice that stated, "Amazon is terminating the Agreement with respect to each of the Pictures" and that "Amazon does not intend to distribute or otherwise exploit the Pictures in any domestic or worldwide territories".

Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68MILLION after it pulled the plug on his film

Allegations against Allen were discussed and it was agreed that "A Rainy Day in New York" would be delayed until 2019. He's also aiming to retrieve the attorney and damage fees.

The film, starring Timothee Chalamet and Selena Gomez, was expected to come out previous year after filming wrapped in 2017, but was shelved after allegations of abuse reemerged from Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in the wake of the MeToo movement.

Before the four-film contract, Amazon had produced three projects by Allen, a miniseries called "Crisis in Six Scenes" and the films "Cafe Society" and "Wonder Wheel".

He is seeking that $9 million along with minimum guarantees owed him for other films, totaling "in excess of $68,000,000", according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court in NY and obtained by AFP.

Just Law, who stars in A Rainy Day in New York, previously told The New York Times "it's a bad shame" the film was shelved. Co-star Rebecca Hall made a pledge to do the same previous year.

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