Woody Allen is having problems finding a major publisher to run his new memoir, according to reports.
Allen, whose career is tarnished amid the #MeToo era, is currently 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 Allen 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.
Now, according to the New York Times, some major publishing executives have described a potential working relationship with Allen as “toxic” in the midst of the #MeToo controversy.
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.”
Tim Gray, the awards editor at Variety told the New York Times: “Personally, I don’t foresee any work in his future,” in relation to Allen’s situation.
While his reputation looks to have crumbled in the US, the perception of Allen is less tarnished in Europe with reports that the director is currently working on his next film in Spain. The same New York Times report claims that Allen could look to find a publisher for his book in France.