Is Amazon even going to release Woody Allen’s ‘A Rainy Day In New York’?

'Untitled Woody Allen Project' filming in New York

Last fall, the Harvey Weinstein scandal was blowing wide open and the #MeToo movement was shaping up. Around that time, Woody Allen was filming his latest movie, A Rainy Day In New York. The cast list still sounds impressive: Jude Law, Rebecca Hall, Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Timothée Chalamet, Diego Luna, Liev Schreiber and more. Jude plays the lead character, a Woody stand-in who is like a professor or something. And his character has some kind of sexual relationship with Elle Fanning’s teenage character. Because Dateline Predator. Anyway, of course Woody Allen got caught up in the Me Too movement and all of the predators being outed, and of course various actors and actresses came out and said that they’re sorry they ever worked with him. It’s gotten to the point where Amazon might renege on their contract and not make two more films with him. And it’s gotten to the point where Amazon might not even RELEASE A Rainy Day in New York.

Woody Allen’s latest movie, “A Rainy Day in New York,” has been shelved by Amazon and may never be released. The movie — starring Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez, Jude Law and Elle Fanning — wrapped filming last fall, before the #MeToo movement refocused attention on the allegations of sexual abuse Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow has made against him.

While the movie had been slated for 2018, Amazon now says, “No release date has ever been set for the film.”

Amazon is so desperate for content for its streaming service, it is in talks with Paramount and Sony about developing original movies. But it has shelved a finished film that it already bought for $25 million. Allen’s deal with Amazon calls for three more movies, but that seems to be in limbo as well. The director has nothing coming out in 2019.

[From Page Six]

This reminds me of the situation with Louis CK’s I Love You Daddy. He was all set to premiere and promote that film when he was outed as a predator, and now it looks like the film will never be released. Will Amazon eventually release Rainy Day? Probably. They’ll probably wait a bit and then just release it quietly without an actual premiere, and they probably won’t ask the actors to promote it. The only sad news here is that we won’t see a Timothee Chalamet performance. But the rest of it is good news.

'Untitled Woody Allen Project' filming in New York

Filming of Woody Allen's new untitled movie in New York City

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  1. Eleonor says:

    I. Hope. So.

    • Ardnamurchan says:

      God, yes.
      I hope, having already taken a bath on this movie, they decide to cop the full cost and never release it, not even later on quietly with no promotion.
      Hopefully, they’ll decide the cost to their reputation won’t be worth it.
      Yay, Amazon????

  2. Aims says:

    I believe he abused his daughter. At the very least he married his step daughter and that in itself is gross. So I avoid his movies because I will not support someone who in my opinion is a creep. It really is that black and white to me. My heart goes out to Dylan. I’m sure she feels angry anytime she sees his work or hear people praise him. It’s such a violation and reopens that wound.

    • Ardnamurchan says:

      She does. She has said so.
      And even after she’d said it, people lined up to work for him.
      So disappointing.
      I’m glad Dylan’s got such great family support.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      I do as well. and considering (almost) all of his movies involve an older man having fantasies about or dating a young woman (sometimes a TEEN), it makes it even MORE gross.

      • Q T Hush says:

        Completely agree about his fantasy /reality of wanting to bed a young girl/woman. In Manhattan I’m sure Muriel Hemingway was just dying to see Woody Allen’s saggy balls. He is a pedohile with a license to prey on young female actors. This man should be stripped of all his star power now!!!! Boycott Woody forever.

  3. Astrid says:

    I’m surprised that actors still want to work with him? There’s enough info out there and yet, making a new movie is OK?

    • Mia4s says:

      This last movie was made at least a year ago, before the shift, so to speak. I wouldn’t expect to see anyone work with him going forward.

      I know some people want to see this as a victory and I guess it sort of could be seen as that on principle? But the reality is he is retiring at 86, rich, having won every award possible, being forever studied in film schools, and still with his much younger wife and now adult kids? Oh and Amazon will have to buy him out. So, Victory? Ehhhhh. How about we just take this as a lesson as to what can happen when these things get pushed aside and out of public consciousness. On that note: just a reminder that James Franco, Louis C.K., Casey Affleck, and Dustin Hoffman are all sexual harassers and/or abusers.

  4. Lucy2 says:

    Amazon should absolutely cut ties with him. If they need an excuse other than he’s a predator, his last few movies have done terribly, so they can call it a business decision.
    Serious side eye to all of those actors agreeing to work with him still.

    • Ardnamurchan says:

      Do Hollywood contracts still have those morality and reputation clauses they used to have?
      Maybe that will save the, the payout.

      • BrutalEthyl says:

        Well, since Johnny Depp is still working regularly, I’d have to say nope, morals clauses aren’t a thing anymore. Too bad they’ve fallen to the wayside.

  5. Darla says:

    Really? Jude Law accepted a part where he has sex with a teenager in an allen film? That is insane.

    • Mia4s says:

      In fairness to Law it sounds like what actually happens is he has a relationship with a woman in her early twenties and his ex accuses him of having a relationship with a teenager. Sound familiar? Allen’s bizarre but he’s not stupid.

      Honestly? I say release it. After Louis C.K. got a standing ovation, I want to see what happens. I’m suspicious that too damn much of this movement is Twitter hashtags and “appearances”. I think the reaction would be very telling and give us all a wake up call about what has and hasn’t been accomplished. My guess is if it’s a good movie it would do really well. That’s sad…but I’m willing to bet I’m right.

      • BrutalEthyl says:

        I agree. Banning just makes people eager for the product. I guess we as a society will never learn anything from Prohibition. Just like tearing down statues doesn’t change history, neither does banning a film change society’s morals.

  6. P says:

    Hope it never gets released, and hope he never works again.

  7. minx says:

    Elle Fanning wearing a sweater and short pleated skirt…that’s such an perv-pleasing outfit. I bet Allen picked it out himself.

    • Ardnamurchan says:

      And yes, you’re probably right.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      and Law looking like he raided Allen’s closet.

      no, not subtly autobiographical AT ALL.

    • BrutalEthyl says:

      I think she’s braless, too. Hard to tell under a sweater but I’m guessing there’s little if any support there. He’s probably got her going secretly commando, too, just for his own satisfaction.

    • jenna says:

      Supposedly she has a sex scene with Jude law. I mean sooo original a much older man with a very young woman

  8. LaraK says:

    Why the hell are actors still working with this creep?

  9. adastraperaspera says:

    Amazon should take the loss and walk away.

  10. Lemon says:

    Those flats are terribly unflattering.

  11. Sunoom says:

    naah !! atleast i dont think so

  12. SJhere says:

    Who is giving him the opportunity to continue to work? Is he financing his movies with his personal wealth? Just. Go. Away.
    What a creep!

    I do not give money to people who commit crimes against children. And his relationship with his step daughter is criminal IMO.

    Why any successful actor agrees to work with him I do not understand.
    An actor just trying to get a job, even then, at best maybe.

    Star power my big ass. Shun this creep.

  13. Luci Lu says:

    Damn near every movie this perv has made, features a beautiful youngish girl in an intimate, sexual relationship with a man twice her age. He has often played the part of the ‘older man’, because, of course, he would be the first choice of a beautiful young girl, who wants to sleep with an older man….not! I swear, if the age of consent in America, was twelve years old, there’d be a whole lot of sick-ass, supposed grown people walking around, hand-in-hand with prepubescent boys and girls. I think Woody Allen is guilty of sexually assaulting his adopted daughter, Dylan.