Woody Allen is reportedly taking some time off to work for the first time in decades in the industry.
Woody Allen, after decades of churning out at least one film per year, it is taking a long deserved vacation.
“A Rainy Day in New York” — Allen’s 48th feature film — wrapped filming in November and is set to be released by Amazon for the end of the year.
Negotiated in 2016 by then-studio head Roy Price, Amazon has a deal with them that let Amazon be on the hook for three films after “Rainy Day.”
Earlier this year, a Hollywood Reporter article said that Amazon can decide to break the deal even if that means a hefty payout.
And the Woodman, 82, has no movie ready for release in 2019. IMDb lists an “Untitled Woody Allen Project” in the pre-production for 2020. But sources say Allen has yet to secure the financing of the project.
“Woody likes to work. He never takes vacation. But he takes the time off this year, until he can find a backer,” said a source.
The #MeToo movement, ironically under the leadership of his son, Ronan Farrow, has pain of the author, who was accused by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, sexual abuse of her 26 years ago. Allen was never formally charged with a crime, though a judge in Allen’s child custody case against Mia Farrow called Allen’s behavior towards Dylan “grossly inappropriate.”
“Woody always with great actors. Stars would work for scale, because it gave them prestige, but with the #MeToo movement, he is toxic,” one Hollywood producer told me.
Timothée Chalamet, Griffin Newman and Rebecca Hall announced that they are donating their wages in “A Rainy Day in New York” to various charities for victims of sexual abuse.
Hall, who also starred in Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”, said she regrets working for All. “My actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed,” she wrote on Instagram.
“Black Day” also stars Jude Law, Selena Gomez and Elle Fanning.
All had issues before #MeToo. “His films have no money,” said my source. “For years, he goes from one to another financier. He even went to Europe. But he’s run out of options.”
This story was previously published in the New York Post.