Despite there still being famous people who are willing to work with Woody Allen, Amazon Studios wasn’t willing to risk any more bad PR associated with him, and they backed out of releasing A Rainy Day in New York. Woody had a deal with Amazon, and so he decided to sue Amazon for screwing around with their contract. Woody and Amazon aren’t fighting anymore, because Page Six says it’s been settled.
Woody had a four-project deal with Amazon, and three projects saw the light of day: his limited TV series Crisis in Six Scenes, and the films Café Society and Wonder Wheel. A Rainy Day in New York was to be the fourth project released, but Amazon got buyers remorse. A Rainy Day in New York was supposed to be released last year. But Amazon kept pushing the release back after several of the film’s stars publicly denounced Woody in the wake of a post-#MeToo reminder of Dylan Farrow’s longstanding allegations of assault. In February, Woody filed a lawsuit against Amazon, in which he accused them of doing him dirty over “a 25-year-old, baseless allegation.” In May, Amazon gave A Rainy Day in New York back to Woody. But that didn’t solve anything.
Woody accused Amazon of being very well aware of the 25-year-old accusations when they signed him on to an exclusive four-project deal, and alleged that Amazon claimed their “reputation” would be damaged if they continued to work with Woody. That’s right, the company run by a wealth-hoarder that allegedly works their employees so hard they’re forced to piss in water bottles, is concerned about their reputation.
Lawyers for both sides had no comment on the matter, which is too bad, because that’s usually a pretty clear indication of who came out of that settlement the winner. But even then, this is Woody Allen we’re talking about. You know Woody would demand to write his own statement, and it’d be completely delusional, “Amazon must have realized that I am, in fact, a hero to all, and they’ve apologized justly. They also threw in a free bucket hat! I believe I heard them crying as I left, noting that it would be a rainy day for their eyes every time they remembered the cinematic opportunity they passed up.”
Woody was asking for $68 million in damages. Page Six says it’s not known how much Woody and Amazon settled for, because that information was not disclosed. If I had to guess, I’d say Amazon asked Woody how much money it would take to make him go away, both figuratively and literally. That would have been a tough decision for Woody. His brain would be telling him to go for the full 68, but his heart would be whispering, “I’d be happy with anything under 19.”