Woody Allen's been spending a lot of time shooting his movies in Europe lately, and a lot of them have turned out to be the best of his career-- Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris all got substantial critical love and awards attention, and were a whole lot more popular than his last New York-set movie, Whatever Works. This summer's effort To Rome With Love will be set in the titular Italian city, but after that, Allen is apparently ready to come home again. Variety reports that Woody is planning to shoot his next movie primarily in San Francisco and "a tiny bit" in New York, which he revealed at the Rome premiere of his new film.

That's all he was willing to say about the new film, since the press conference was still focused on To Rome With Love, which screened exclusively for Italian press and still hasn't been reviewed Stateside. That movie opens June 22, and if he keeps up his usual one-a-year production schedule, Allen should be ready to shoot the San Francisco movie later this year. Hopefully that will lead to a lot of "New Yorker goes out West" culture conflict, similar to what we've been seeing in Allen's European films, but with lots more jokes about everyone out West eating lots of tofu and being too tan.

Previous rumors suggested that Allen's next movie might shoot in Copenhagen, so maybe the Danes are disappointed today, but I'm glad to see him coming back Stateside. I'd still rather he be making New York movies, but maybe we're just taking baby steps back in that direction.

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