As more and more attention is paid to allegations against Woody Allen, the fate of his latest – and possibly last – film is uncertain.
The film, set to be released by Amazon, is reportedly about “a middle-aged man who is sleeping with a much younger woman”.
“Rainy Day will either not come out or [will] get dumped by Amazon without any p.r. or theatrical release,” the site reports one film-industry executive said.
“He’s having trouble casting his new film.”
Similar questions have been raised in a New York Times article entitled ‘Can Woody Allen Work in Hollywood Again?’.
“Before Amazon’s largess, Mr. Allen, like most indie filmmakers, financed his movies by preselling distribution rights,” explain writers Melena Ryzik and Brookes Barnes. Even when box office ratings were poor, Allen was able to fund films by casting major stars.
“And he was able to cast major stars (and often persuade them to work for reduced salaries) because of his reputation as a film legend and because awards sometimes followed. But pull out one element — the stars — and the model could collapse,” they write.
More and more actors are coming out against Allen – including stars of A Rainy Day in New York.
Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Hall, both of whom star in the film, have already donated their salaries from the film to charities including #TimesUp and RAINN. Selena Gomez, who also stars in the film, is yet to confirm whether she’ll be following suit, though reports suggest that she will.
In 2017, a film written and directed by Louis C.K. faced a similar fate, axed by distributors following allegations of sexual misconduct against him. And, like A Rainy Day in New York, the film had eerily prescient themes, with C.K. starring as a TV writer whose young daughter “becomes the object of obsession for an older, well-known filmmaker”.
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