Writer and actor Woody Allen is taking Amazon to court and suing the media giant for a hefty $68 million. The studio had been working on Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York before the star-studded movie was shelved in the wake of #MeToo.
Starring the likes of Timothée Chalamet, Jude Law, and Selena Gomez, A Rainy Day in New York would’ve followed two young people who spend a weekend in New York, plagued by bad weather and strange adventures. It sounds like a typical Allen rom-com, but it looks increasingly likely that A Rainy Day in New York will never see the light of day.
Allen was caught in the recent #MeToo movement when Dylan Farrow repeatedly claimed he molested her as a child. The 33-year-old said that her adopted father touched her in 1992, meaning Allen joins the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Brett Ratner as accused Hollywood names.
According to the recently filed lawsuit, the court case comes from Amazon pulling the plug on A Rainy Day in New York despite being aware of the allegations before signing a deal with Allen.
His team maintains that Amazon backed out of a four-picture deal because of “a 25-year old, baseless” accusation. Allen says that Farrow’s accusation “does not provide a basis for Amazon to terminate the contract” in retrospect.
It’s the end of the line of A Rainy Day following Allen’s shaming in Tinseltown. Chalamet reportedly gave his salary to anti-sexual assault organisation RAINN, while both Gomez and Rebecca Hall donated their fees to #MeToo. Jude Law said that while it was a “shame” the movie was cancelled, he would “have to consider carefully” working with Allen again.
A Rainy Day in New York has been finished for over six months now, but Amazon has canned its distribution “indefinitely.” In 2017, Amazon executives met with Allen’s representatives and cited the damage the studio had suffered from its association with Weinstein. Amazon originally suggested postponing A Rainy Day in New York before removing the movie completely from its schedule.
Whether Allen has a case remains to be seen, but until then, he’s still in the midst of being one of Hollywood’s biggest named and shamed stars.
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