Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
The Schmooze

Amazon Bought Woody Allen’s New Movie For $25M. Now They’re Shelving It.

Woody Allen’s movie “A Rainy Day In New York” should have been a huge success. The cast list read like the Vanity Fair “young Hollywood” issue: Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez, Suki Waterhouse and Elle Fanning. Jude Law and Liev Schreiber were the pedigreed elder statesmen. Amazon bought the rights to stream it on their platform for $25 million. Its New York setting screamed a return to the kind of films that made Allen a legend.

Now the movie may never be released.

“A Rainy Day In New York” was slated for release this year, Page Six reports, but now Amazon has said: “No release date has ever been set for the film.” In the same week, it’s been made clear that Amazon, which had struck a deal with Allen for three more films, in addition to “A Rainy Day In New York,” has no production plans with Allen. Allen has no production plans with anyone. It is rumored that he cannot find funding to make a movie, which would be a first for the director who has made at least one feature film every year since 1982.

There is no question that Amazon’s distancing from Allen is a result of his implication in the #MeToo movement. Allen’s presence has lingered in the background of the movement that took off after major allegations were raised against Harvey Weinstein. The public reckoning about the actions of powerful Hollywood men brought attention to continued accusations by Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow that he sexually abused her as a child, as well as the fact that major reporting on the Weinstein was done by Ronan Farrow, Allen’s son. A number of actors, including many of the stars of “A Rainy Day In New York” have apologized for working with Allen, some donating their salaries from his movies to causes that support survivors of abuse and harassment.

Just a reminder — Amazon, a company where workers are forced to urinate into bottles instead of taking bathroom breaks — doesn’t do anything to be nice. If one of the most-lauded filmmakers of all time is being shelved at a major loss, it’s a response to the public pressure of #MeToo and nothing more.

Jenny Singer is the deputy lifestyle editor for the Forward. You can reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

Engage

  • SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK

  • UPCOMING EVENT

    SKY & SCULPTURE

    Hybrid: Online and at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

    Oct 2, 2022

    6:30 pm ET · 

    A Sukkah, IMKHA, created by artist Tobi Kahn, for the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan is an installation consisting of 13 interrelated sculpted painted wooden panels, constituting a single work of art. Join for a panel discussion with Rabbi Joanna Samuels, Chief Executive Director of the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan, Talya Zax, Innovation Editor of the Forward, and Tobi Kahn, Artist. Moderated by Mattie Kahn.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.