Woody Allen’s new film, A Rainy Day in New York, has been scrapped by Amazon Studios.
The film, which was expected to be released later this year, comes as the second instalment of a pre-agreed five-picture deal Amazon secured back in 2016. However, the first film of this series, Wonder Wheel, struggled to find cinemas to screen it and majorly flopped at box office.
“No release date has ever been set for the film,” the studio told Page Six. A Rainy Day in New York is thought to have cost the studio in excess of £20million.
Not short of acclaimed names within the cast, the romantic comedy boasted the likes of Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez and Jude Law so it comes as a great surprise as Amazon scrap the release.
“‘Rainy Day’ will either not come out or [will] get dumped by Amazon without any PR or theatrical release,” a film industry source told the New York Post in January. The move comes as the 82-year-old Oscar-winning director is ever embroiled in the growing #MeToo movement. Allen has been repeatedly dogged by claims that he sexually assaulted his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. Farrow has been public multiple times claiming that she was abused by Allen when she was just seven.
One of the film’s stars, the fast-rising indie actor Chalamet, recently distanced himself from Allen: “I don’t want to profit from my work on the film, and to that end, I am going to donate my entire salary to three charities: Time’s Up, the LGBT Centre in New York, and Rainn [the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network],” he said.
Allen has always strongly denied the claims made against him. “When this claim was first made more than 25 years ago, it was thoroughly investigated by both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare,” he said a few months ago.
“They both did so for many months and independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place. Instead, they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother during a contentious breakup.”