by Stephanie Boyd
Some months ago, One News Page reported that – amid scandals with regard to allegations surrounding Hollywood director and auteur Woody Allen and his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow – his latest movie, A Rainy Day in New York, was on shaky ground. Following the rise of the #MeToo movement in late 2017, several Hollywood names have faced public repercussions from accusers whom, until recently, felt unable to speak up – with regard to various acts of alleged indecency, sexual assault or otherwise. Farrow publicly alleged – in detailed report – that Allen had sexually assaulted her. However, her claims are hardly news – she had first publicly made such claims in 2014, and the #MeToo movement had allowed for her voice to be heard at a greater volume.
Amazon had reportedly started a five-movie deal with Allen in 2016, and thus far only two movies are reported to have come from the negotiation. The first, Wonder Wheel, failed to find much support in terms of distribution, and the second – the aforementioned Rainy Day – was all but ready to be canned, assumedly due to ongoing public controversy with regard to Allen himself. This past weekend, it has been confirmed that Amazon are shelving Rainy Day with immediate and indefinite effect – making it likely to stay buried for some time.
The movie is thought to have cost $25 million to make and had household names such as Elle Fanning, Timothee Chalamet, Jude Law and Selena Gomez within the cast – with Chalamet perhaps most notably having chosen to split his fee for the film donating to organisations such as Time’s Up, RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) and New York’s LGBT Center. The movie is also thought to contain a storyline with regard to a relationship of a sexual nature between a 15-year old girl and a 44-year old man.
▶ Amazon May Have Just Thrown $25 Million Away On Woody Allen Film
Despite the rolling controversy over the movie and its director, reports are suggesting that Amazon may be contractually obliged to release the film at some point in future – though it will be no surprise if it attempts to do so without fanfare. The studio is also thought to be considering a way to close the five-movie contract with Allen – as the #MeToo movement continues to remain prevalent, and relevant, particularly as former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein starts to face criminal charges with regard to alleged assaults. Rainy Day – for now – is canned.