“That’s fine,” said everyone who has taken a break from going to see Woody Allen’s latest movies.
Woody Allen has made at least one film every year since 1977, but 2019 will be the year of no Woody Allen movies. That’s weird – did I just hear everyone’s shoulders shrug at the same time?
82-year-old Woody wrapped filming on A Rainy Day in New York in November, and will be released by Amazon sometime before the end of this year. Page Six says he’s not getting to work on anything right away and it isn’t because he’s tired of repeatedly denying the gross allegations against him during press tours. Sources tell Page Six it’s because he might have trouble getting financing.
Amazon has been funding Woody’s movies, starting with Café Society in 2016, then the series Crisis in Six Scenes, Wonder Wheel, and A Rainy Day in New York. Café Society did alright financially, but Wonder Wheel didn’t. It only made $15.4 million in sales, compared to its budget of $25 million. A Rainy Day in New York also had a budget of $25 million, and the press tour is bound to be a mess.
Both Rebecca Hall and Timothée Chalamet donated their salaries from A Rainy Day to charity, with Rebecca stating she wouldn’t work with Woody again. Selena Gomez reportedly donated “significantly more” than what she made from A Rainy Day to the Time’s Up fund. This was all after Dylan Farrow reminded everyone about the allegations against her father, and wondered why he had some kind of cloak of protection against him from the #MeToo movement.
There’s three more films left in Amazon’s deal with Woody, but if A Rainy Day loses money, they could buy him out of their contract. Woody’s IMDb page shows he’s got an untitled project in the works for 2020, although sources say that might not happen.
Sources say Allen has yet to secure financing for the project. “Woody loves working. He never takes a vacation. But he will be taking time off this year until he can find a backer,” said one source.
Another source says that this is nothing new, and that Woody has had trouble finding financial backers for years now. He might also have trouble finding actors to appear in his next film. A Hollywood producer told Page Six that a Woody Allen film on their resume used to be prestigious, but ever since #MeToo happened, Woody “is toxic.”
Of course, a spokesperson for Woody says that “none of this is true.” We’ll see about that. It will be impossible to hide the truth if his next film stars only Alec Baldwin, Diane Keaton, and Scarlett Johansson, is shot on an iPhone, and every scene suspiciously appears to take place in Woody’s living room.