Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Woody Allen sues Amazon Studios over scuttled four-movie deal

Woody Allen sues Amazon Studios over scuttled four-movie deal

A Rainy Day in NY was set to be the first of four of Allen's upcoming films distributed by Amazon, the filmmaker claims.

The lawsuit filed in US District Court in Manhattan follows more than two decades of modest commercial fortunes for many Allen films.

"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.

Based on that conversation, Allen says that he finished A Rainy Day in NY and then started production on other projects because, as he claims to have understood, Amazon was simply pushing the film's release date.

Allen's daughter, Dylan Farrow, has said that Allen molested her in an attic in 1992 when she was 7 years old, which the filmmaker has repeatedly denied.

Allen's daughter, Dylan Farrow, has long alleged that Allen sexually abused her when she was a child.

The suit alleges that Amazon has not made good on a contract to produce four movies with Allen.

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Allen says Amazon sought to terminate the deal in June, and has since refused to pay him $9 million in financing for his latest film, "A Rainy Day in NY", his lawyers at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan allege.

According to the suit, Amazon executives Jason Ropell and Matt Newman met with Allen's representatives in December 2017, as the #MeToo movement was gathering steam.

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.

He is seeking that $9 million along with minimum guarantees owed him for other films, totaling "in excess of $68,000,000", according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court in NY and obtained by AFP.

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.

Allen's suit was filed in the Southern District of NY. As a result of the renewed scrutiny on the director, the first film in the partnership, Wonder Wheel, had trouble finding willing distributors, and eventually flopped when it finally did see release.

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