Woody Allen has hit Amazon Studios with a $68 million lawsuit, claiming the company breached its contract by refusing to release his new movie "A Rainy Day in New York" and backing out of a four-film deal in the wake of his daughter's renewed molestation allegations.
"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 it contracted with Allen, the complaint said. Timothée Chalamet, who worked with Allen on Rainy Day in NY (the film Amazon is now not letting see the light of day), has promised his salary from the film to charity after working with Allen.
Woody Allen is gearing up for serious litigation against Amazon Studios, claims a report from Fox News. Dylan's mother is Mia Farrow, who is the mother of Ronan Farrow as well, however, rumors have circulated for years that Ronan is actually the son of Frank Sinatra and not Woody.
The Blue Jasmine director claims Amazon refused to release his film A Rainy Day in NY, alleging the streaming company gave vague reasons for dropping the project and his three other movies from development. Allen said executives had met with him in December 2017 to discuss the "negative publicity and reputational harm" stemming from those claims and the studio's association with Harvey Weinstein but agreed to proceed with the release of "Rainy Day". Allen has denied these allegations.
Amazon's general counsel Ajay Patel allegedly told Allen's reps in January 2018 A Rainy Day in NY would be released but asked them to "push back" the release date to 2019, which Allen agreed to do.
Just Law, who stars in A Rainy Day in New York, previously told The New York Times "it's a awful shame" the film was shelved.
According to the suit, the four-picture agreement was terminated in June 2018 without specific reasons provided to Allen.
The suit alleges that Amazon has not made good on a contract to produce four movies with Allen.
The suit claims Amazon did not have a right to back out of the deal and is seeking $68 million in damages. But the film was released with minimal fanfare in just a few hundred theaters-and earned less than $2 million, making it one of the lowest-grossing movies of Allen's career-and seemed to confirm that Allen's private-life troubles were proving a turn-off with moviegoers.