Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Woody Allen Sues Amazon Studios Over Unreleased Selena Gomez Movie!

Woody Allen Sues Amazon Studios Over Unreleased Selena Gomez Movie!

Woody Allen has filed a $68 million lawsuit against Amazon Studios for allegedly backing out of a multi-film deal - including the shelving of his completed comedy A Rainy Day in NY - due to reports of alleged sexual abuse by the Oscar-winning filmmaker. On Thursday, Allen filed a $68 million lawsuit against Amazon Studios for allegedly backing out of a four-picture deal they agreed on, TMZ reports.

Woody Allen is now suing Amazon for a breach in contract, stating that the reason Amazon won't produce his movies is because of "a 25-year-old, baseless allegation". Timothée Chalamet, who worked with Allen on Rainy Day in NY (the film Amazon is now not letting see the light of day), has promised his salary from the film to charity after working with Allen.

While he claims Amazon never gave him an explicit answer, he believes it is related to a "25-year old, baseless allegation" that he molested his and ex Mia Farrow's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow.

Amazon did not immediately return a request for comment. Two years later, Allen's son Ronan Farrow contributed a column to The Hollywood Reporter in which he said he believed his sister's claims. Allen has steadfastly denied the allegations.

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Director Woody Allen attends the "Cafe Society" photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France, on May 11, 2016.

Allen is seeking $68 million in minimum guarantee payments from the four films in the deal with Amazon, in addition to damages and attorneys fees.

That film was one of several to be produced with the Oscar-winning director under a series of agreements reached after Allen made the "Crisis in Six Scenes" program for Amazon, which was then a new content provider. Instead, according to the suit, its release date was initially pushed back from 2018 to this year, thanks in part to controversy surrounding Roy Price, the Amazon Studios chief who resigned in 2017 amid claims of sexual harassment.

The suit alleges that [Amazon general counsel Ajay] Patel sent a notice in June 2018 terminating the four-picture agreement, saying that Amazon had no intention to distribute any of the films. As a result of the renewed scrutiny on the director, the first film in the partnership, Wonder Wheel, had trouble finding willing distributors, and eventually flopped when it finally did see release. Over the next few years, as the MeToo and Time's Up movements grew, some former collaborators began distancing themselves from Allen, including Chalamet, who last year announced he was donating his Rainy Day salary to a handful of charities.

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