The autobiography of Woody Allen has been handed an official publish date after it was previously deemed “unpublishable” during the #MeToo era.
The memoirs of the filmmaker, titled Apropos of Nothing, will be published on April 7th by Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group.
“The book is a comprehensive account of his life, both personal and professional and describes his work in films, theatre, television, nightclubs and print,” Grand Central said in a statement. “Allen also writes of his relationships with family, friends and the loves of his life.”
Allen, whose career has been tarnished amid the #MeToo era, has been embroiled in a high-profile legal battle with Amazon Studios after the film company scrapped their pre-agreed film deal with Allen. With longstanding allegations of sexual assault made against him by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow resurfacing, the likes of Timothée Chalamet, Kate Winslet, Greta Gerwig and more have expressed their regret having worked with Allen in the past.
With the controversy surrounding the filmmaker, it was suggested last year that his autobiography has been snubbed by major publishing executives who have described a potential working relationship with Allen as “toxic” in the midst of the allegations made against him.
Daphne Merkin, a writer and longtime friend of Allen, told the New York Times that Allen had spent years working on the memoir which he has now completed: “He’s not one to set the record straight, but presumably, the memoir is his side of things,” said Merkin. “He’s the kind of person who soldiers on, and someone whose work is his nutrient. Whatever vicissitudes he’s been exposed to, I think he keeps his own counsel about how all this affects and doesn’t affect him.”
The publisher has confirmed that the book will be released in France, Germany, Italy and Spain this spring, followed by countries around the world.