The father of all Hollywood sex criminals has become too much of a liability for Amazon Studios.
Woody Allen’s ability to churn out movies may become increasingly difficult, if not impossible, with Amazon Studios considering a “hefty payout” to end a five-movie deal with him, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
The company’s move to stop financing and distributing Allen’s films comes amid the renewed #MeToo-era focus on molestation allegations made against him by his daughter Dylan Farrow in 1992.
Allen’s sex crimes are well know. Only fame and fortune have kept him out of prison.
Allen lost his champion at Amazon Studios in the wake of allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. As the Weinstein allegations sparked a national reckoning over sexual misconduct, Amazon Studio’s chief Roy Price resigned after he was accused of sexual harassment by a female producer.
In 2016, Price signed the deal with Allen to distribute his next five films. But the premiere of Allen’s first film for Amazon, “Wonder Wheel” couldn’t have come at a worse time, a couple weeks after the allegations against Weinstein were published in the New York Times and the New Yorker and just after Price’s resignation.
The red-carpet portion of the premiere of “Wonder Wheel” was canceled, but not before Allen himself sparked more controversy by telling the BBC that he was worried that the Weinstein scandal would lead to “a witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself.”
Allen’s next film, “A Rainy Day in New York,” has also become controversial and its release has become questionable. Three stars of the $25 million film, including Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Hall, have publicly disavowed Allen over Dylan Farrow’s allegations.
While the Hollywood Reporter said that Amazon Studios is contractually obligated to release “Rainy Day,” the New York Times suggested that efforts to promote it could be seriously limited.