For nearly a half-century, Woody Allen has written and directed a movie each year but for the first time in 45 years he’ll be taking some time off.
According to the New York Post‘s Page Six column, the Oscar-winning director will be taking a break after completing his 48th film, “A Rainy Day in New York”, which is slated for release later this year.
As Page Six alleges, the reason Allen is slowing down isn’t because he wants a break but because he hasn’t been able to obtain financing for his next film.
“Woody loves working. He never takes a vacation. But he will be taking time off this year until he can find a backer,” a source told Page Six.
Meanwhile, decades-old accusations of child sexual abuse lodged by daughter Dylan Farrow linger, and have ostracized the once-revered director from Hollywood circles.
“Woody always got great actors. Stars would work for scale because it gave them prestige, but with the #MeToo movement, he’s toxic,” an unidentified “Hollywood producer” told Page Six.
Within the last year, in fact, numerous actors have declared that they will never work with Allen again, including such stars as Michael Caine, Colin Firth, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, David Krumholtz and others, with Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Hall (who star in the upcoming “A Rainy Day in New York”) donating their entire salaries from the film to the Time’s Up legal defence fund.
There is, however, an even more pressing reason why Allen has struggled to obtain financing for his films in recent years. “His movies don’t make money,” added the source. “For years, he’s been going from one financier to another. He even went to Europe. But he’s run out of options.”
While the 82-year-old auteur still has three more films to complete for Amazon Studios as part of an overall deal, a recent report in The Hollywood Reporter indicates that deal may be dead in the water, reporting the studio may opt to pay out the remainder of Allen’s contract instead of making more movies.
Commenting on the Page Six report, a spokesman for Allen said: “None of this is true.”