Woody Allen Will Not Film A Movie Next Year For The First Time In Decades

Woody Allen's first Amazon movie Wonder Wheel

Woody Allen has spent the last few years making movies and doing TV projects with Amazon; however, previous allegations against the director by his family were brought into the limelight again as part of the Times Up movement and now it looks as if Woody Allen won't have a movie out in 2019. The hiatus from directing might be a forced one. If Woody Allen can't find the funding for a new project, it will be the first time he's skipped out on making a movie in a calendar year in decades. The last time Allen had a gap was between 1980's Stardust Memories and 1982's A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy.

Back in January, reports indicated that Amazon seemed to be distancing itself from the director, despite having a deal in place that should see Woody Allen do three more movies with the streaming giant. Now it looks as those three movies might not happen at all. Right now, there's a tentative plan listed on IMDB's Woody Allen page for a movie in 2020, but it's unclear what that project is or if it could come together. According to Page Six, there are two issues: the allegations by Ronan Farrow on behalf of Dylan Farrow and also the problem that Woody Allen movies don't always make money and the director reportedly has had trouble financing films for years. A spokesperson for Woody Allen also told the outlet these claims are not true, however.

The deal began when Amazon helped to release Cafe Society in 2016. Amazon later signed on to actually produce and create more films with Allen, including 2017's Wonder Wheel, which came out to underwhelming reviews. Allen also created a TV show Crisis in Six Scenes for the streaming service, but the transition into TV programming was not smooth for the director. Another film, A Rainy Day in New York, has already been filmed with Timothee Chalamet, Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall, Jude Law, Diego Luna Live Schreiber, Annaleigh Ashford, Cherry Jones and more.

That movie is supposed to be released before 2019 hits, but Amazon has not made it clear when that could happen, either. In fact, some of the people involved with the cast of A Rainy Day in New York have spoken out against working with the director after completing work on the movie. Timothee Chalamet and more donated their wages from A Rainy Day In New York following the allegations coming to light again. Earlier reports indicated the film may not come out at all.

Woody Allen has had a few gaps in making movies during his career, including the aforementioned post- Stardust Memories gap and a gap between Love and Death and Annie Hall in the late seventies. However, at this point he's 82 years of age. It looks almost certain that he'll at least take a break from the movies in 2019, leaving the question of whether or not he will even want to or attempt to return to the business in the year following. We'll keep you posted if there's any definitive word on what Amazon will do with A Rainy Day in New York or what Woody Allen does next. For now, you can take a look at what will definitely be released before 2018 with our full movies schedule.

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