Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68 million over alleged film deal breach

Saturday, 09 Feb, 2019

Woody Allen has sued Amazon Studios, saying he deserves at least $US68 million ($A96 million) in damages for its refusal to distribute his movie A Rainy Day in NY and its decision to abandon a four-picture production and distribution arrangement.

The suit, filed in federal court in the Southern District of NY, seeks $68 million in damages. The suit also claims that there are "no legitimate ground for Amazon to renege on its promises". Reminder that those allegations are from his daughter, Dylan Farrow, who has maintained that Allen sexually abused her as a child.

Farrow's allegations, which Allen has denied, have resurfaced since the beginning of the #MeToo movement.

The suit alleges that Amazon had endured "reputation harm" as a result of collaborating with Woody Allen.

It also agreed to shell out between $25,000 ($A35,190) and $100,000 ($A140,775) for each nomination or win "of certain" Golden Globe Awards or Academy Awards, Allen's suit claims.

On June 29, 2018, the lawsuit says, Amazon told Allen that they were terminating their agreements with him and not distributing the movies covered by the deals.

Metro.co.uk have contacted a representative for Woody Allen and Amazon Studios for comment.

The suit emerges as the future of Allen's latest film, A Rainy Day in NY, remains uncertain, though production wrapped in 2017. That wasn't Allen's fault; he finished a movie called A Rainy Day in NY, but Amazon, the company that produced it, never released it, as public scrutiny of Allen and the prior allegations that he molested his adopted daughter decades ago intensified. Some of its cast members, including Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Hall and Selena Gomez, later issued public statements of regret for having worked with Allen and donated their salaries to organisations set up to address allegations of institutionalised sexual abuse and harassment.

Law&Crime reached out to Amazon for comment.

The deal between Allen and Amazon, sealed in 2016, saw the release of two other films, Wonder Wheel and Café Society.

The Blue Jasmine director claims Amazon refused to release his film A Rainy Day in NY, alleging the streaming company gave vague reasons for dropping the project and his three other movies from development.

Allen's lawyers said none of this justified the cancellation.

A Rainy Day in NY stars Timothee Chalamet, Diego Luna, Elle Fanning, Jude Law, Selena Gomez and Liev Schreiber.