Woody Allen’s Latest Movie ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ May Be in Trouble
Amazon has reportedly shelved Woody Allen’s latest movie, A Rainy Day in New York, and now it’s unclear whether the film is ever actually going to come out.
The New York Post reported as such this week, noting that the $25 million movie had been slated for 2018 but is now in limbo and may not be released at all. Amazon says that no release date was ever officially set for it, though.
Allen also has nothing slated for 2019 despite having signed a deal with Amazon for three more movies and despite the fact that he has released one film every year since 1982. According to a separate report from Page Six, the 82-year-old writer and director is taking a career break and has yet to secure financing for his next project. Despite the deal, Amazon is apparently considering cutting ties with Allen entirely, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A Rainy Day in New York has been completely shot, with production having taken place last fall. It stars Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Jude Law, Diego Luna, Rebecca Hall, Liev Schreiber, and Griffin Newman.
In light of the #MeToo movement, Allen faced increased scrutiny last fall due to his daughter Dylan Farrow’s allegation that he sexually abused her in the early 1990s. In particular, actors who elected to work with Allen came under fire for continuing to support him.
Griffin Newman, who has a small role in A Rainy Day in New York, announced on Twitter in October that he deeply regretted working with Allen and would be donating his salary to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.
“It was an educational experience for all the wrong reasons,” Griffin said at the time. “I learned conclusively that I cannot put my career over my morals again.”
Over the course of the following months, some of the other stars of A Rainy Day in New York came out and made similar statements. In an Instagram post in January, Rebecca Hall said that she also regretted working with Allen on the film and would be donating her salary to the Time’s Up legal defense fund.
“After reading and re-reading Dylan Farrow’s statements of a few days ago and going back and reading the older ones – I see, not only how complicated this matter is, but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed,” Hall said in an Instagram post that has since been deleted. “That is not something that sits easily with me in the current or indeed any moment, and I am profoundly sorry. I regret this decision and wouldn’t make the same one today.”
“I am learning that a good role isn’t the only criteria for accepting a job,” Chalamet said in an Instagram post. “That has become much clearer to me in the last few months, having witnessed the birth of a powerful movement intent on ending injustice, inequality and above all, silence.”
After all of this, it would not be surprising if Amazon decided it would be a better move to cancel the film entirely than release it in the current climate.
This would not be the first multi-million dollar project to never see the light of day as a result of allegations against the creator. Last fall, Louis C.K. was set to release his new movie I Love You, Daddy, which starred himself, Chloë Grace Moretz, Rose Byrne, and John Malkovich. But when C.K. was accused of sexual misconduct by five women, allegations he subsequently admitted to, the distributor, The Orchard, scrapped plans to release the film.
C.K. has since purchased the rights to the film back from The Orchard, so it’s possible he will eventually release it on his own. But star Moretz says the film, which featured a comedy director character known for seducing younger women who seemed to be modeled after Woody Allen, should not be released.
“I don’t think it should be,” she told The New York Times. “I think it should just kind of go away, honestly,”