If your first question is “Woody Allen? Is he still around?” you may, or may not, be interested in this:
Woody Allen has launched legal action against Amazon Studios, accusing it of breaching their contract by refusing to distribute his latest film.
The 83-year-old is seeking more than $68m (£52m) in damages, alleging the company backed out of a multi-picture deal without cause.
Amazon released two of Allen’s films and also distributed his TV series, Crisis in Six Scenes.
But it dropped his most recent movie, A Rainy Day in New York.
Allen’s argument is, um, interesting:
According to a lawsuit filed on Thursday in New York [pdf], Allen claims Amazon backed out of the deal in June 2018 because of an old accusation that the director had molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in 1992.
The legal action said Amazon knew about “a 25-year old, baseless” allegation when it entered into deals with the director and that it “does not provide a basis for Amazon to terminate the contract”.
A Rainy Day in New York was shot in 2017 with a cast including Jude Law, Rebecca Hall, Selena Gomez and Timothée Chalamet.
Several cast members have sought to distance themselves from the film; while Allen is not known for paying generous salaries, a number of them have donated what they were paid (Gomez, it is reported, even more than she was paid) to presumably pertinent activist organizations such as RAINN.