Woody Allen's Latest Film 'Shelved Indefinitely' By Amazon
Things aren't looking good for the director.
Despite finishing in October last year, Woody Allen's film A Rainy Day in New York may never be released.
The film stars Selena Gomez, Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Jude Law and Rebecca Hall, and follows two young people who arrive in New York for a weekend, but are met with bad weather which leads them into a series of adventures.
The film has faced its fair share of controversy especially after industry scrutiny focused more tightly on Allen following his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow's allegations that he sexually abused her in 1992.
During the filming, and right around the time that allegations were mounting against Harvey Weinstein, Page Six reported that one scene included Law's character being accused of sleeping with much younger women.
Following the initial reports that the film included an adult-teen sex scene, it was clarified that Hall's character accuses Law of sleeping with a "15-year-old concubine" referring to Fanning's character, who protests that she's 21.
The film's cast also began to distance themselves from both the project and Allen, with Chalamet announcing in January that he was donating his salary from the film to a series of organisations like Time's Up.
Chalamet also posted a lengthy message on Instagram where he claimed he was unable to answer questions about his choice to work with Allen "because of contractual obligations".
The same goes for Rebecca Hall and Griffin Newman, who both donated their salaries, with Newman posting a thread on Twitter where he outlined his decision to work with the director and his resulting feelings.
Despite not making any public comments, Selena Gomez also reportedly made an anonymous donation to the Time's Up fund that "far exceeded her salary for the film" a source told People.
With the bulk of the main cast making statements against working with the director, Amazon were faced with a difficult decision with how and when to release the film.
Following Amazon acquiring his 2016 film Café Society and financing his TV series Crisis in Six Scenes, Allen was signed on to a five-picture deal which kicked off with his film Wonder Wheel starring Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake.
Both Crisis and Wonder Wheel failed to ignite audiences and fell flat -- with Wonder Wheel having the lowest opening of an Allen film in France in over 15 years. and now it looks like the distributor has shelved Rainy Day indefinitely. Sad!
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