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Everybody's favorite neurotic actor/writer/director Woody Allen is getting closer to releasing his next film. Quiet since 2013's Blue Jasmine, the 79-year-old multi-talented auteur is due for another hit. Good news for fans of Allen, his latest now has a title and distribution partner.
Allen's latest film, which now officially goes by the title Irrational Man, has just been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. According to Comingsoon.net, the independent art-house division of Sony Pictures Entertainment will control the North American rights to the film, marking its eighth collaborative effort with the director.
Details of the film have largely been kept under wraps but that didn't seem to present any challenges for the distributor, which stated its praise for the upcoming film in a statement, saying the following:
"Woody Allen’s new movie ‘Irrational Man,’ his latest annual gift to moviegoers everywhere, is as fresh and winning as ever."
Irrational Man stars Academy Award-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice, Her) and actress Emma Stone, the latter who received the nod for her supporting performance in last year's meta comedy Birdman. The indie film also stars Jamie Blackley (Snow White and the Huntsman, If I Stay) and Parker Posey (Louie, New Girl) in yet to be specified roles. The story is set in a small town campus and centers on a philosophy professor amidst an existential crisis who finds a new purpose in life when he begins a relationship with one of his students. I don't know about you, but the terms "existential crisis" and "relationship with one of his students" sound right on par as far as Woody Allen films go. Lots of conversation, subtext and dry humor (all in the good way) are to be expected.
Allen's last film Magic in the Moonlight went largely under the radar. Despite having a star-studded cast including Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden the above-mentioned Stone, it never really found an audience beyond Allen's traditional dedicated viewers. Up until Moonlight, the director was having a tremendous run with the Owen Wilson-led Midnight in Paris, To Rome with Love starring Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Penelope Cruz and Alec Baldwin and Blue Jasmine, which won Cate Blanchett an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
We're curious to know more about Allen's Irrational Man but without a trailer, it's tough to even know what tone we're dealing with. His films may generally stay in a familiar place but within those bounds they can range from comedy (Whatever Works) to serious romance (Match Point) to outright whimsical (Midnight in Paris).
Irrational Man does not yet have a release date. Maybe this summer or later depending if it is awards friendly. In other Woody Allen news, the writer/director is also producing a TV series, slated for 2016.