Disgraced filmmaker Woody Allen filed a $68 million suit today against Amazon Studios, alleging they backed out of a four-picture deal due to “a 25-year-old, baseless allegation.”
Allen alleges that Amazon has refused to release his film “A Rainy Day in New York,” though it has been complete for more than six months. The suit also states that Amazon has given only vague reasons for dropping the project, and for reneging on a promise to produce three other movies.
“Amazon has tried to excuse its action by referencing a 25-year-old, baseless allegation against Mr. Allen, but that allegation was already well known to Amazon (and the public) before Amazon entered into four separate deals with Mr. Allen — and, in any event it does not provide a basis for Amazon to terminate the contract,” the suit alleges. “There simply was no legitimate ground for Amazon to renege on its promises.”
That “baseless allegation,” of course, is that Allen sexually abused his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was seven-years-old. Which he denies.
And just throwing this out there: His movie A Rainy Day in New York stars (starred?) Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Jude Law, Diego Luna, Live Schreiber, Rebecca Hall, Cherry Jones, and Suki Waterhouse – and I’m wildly conflicted here because that sounds sort of amazing. It’s a helluva cast. But of course Allen is forever cancelled so this can never see the light of day. And: We gotta be sliiiiightly suspect about any actor who continues to work with him at this point. I’m not saying we destroy Timothée’s and Selena’s and Elle’s careers, but they all need to have a very public “Come to Jesus” moment about it.
Finally: Woody Allen is 83 years old. He’s worth probably hundreds of millions. What on earth does he need another $68 million for? That seems really petty….