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Woody Allen sues Amazon Studios for quitting movie deal

Woody Allen sues Amazon Studios for quitting movie deal

Filmmaker Woody Allen is suing Amazon for at least $68 million, saying that the company ended a four-picture movie deal previous year after old accusations against him resurfaced in the press.

Based on that conversation, Allen says that he finished A Rainy Day in NY and then started production on other projects because, as he claims to have understood, Amazon was simply pushing the film's release date.

Dylan Farrow (pictured with mom Mia Farrow right) 32, who first publicly accused him of abuse in 2014, claimed again in 2018 she was molested by her adoptive father when she was just seven years old.

In the lawsuit, Allen and his production company, Gravier Productions, said they pressed Amazon for more information regarding the decision, with Amazon claiming the termination came due to "supervening events, including renewed allegations against Mr. Allen, his own controversial comments, and the increasing refusal of top talent to work with or be associated with him in any way, all of which have frustrated the goal of the Agreement". 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's latest movie, A Rainy Day In New York is in limbo because of the dispute and he's now looking for a new distributor because of this "baseless", 25-year-old claim. Allen has denied these allegations.

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Allen said he agreed to delay the release of Rainy Day, only to have Amazon Studios cancel their contract altogether.

Six days later, Amazon Studios' outside lawyer emailed that "renewed allegations against Mr. Allen, his own controversial comments, and the increasing refusal of top talent to work with or be associated with him" supported the decision to back out.

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.

Just Law, who stars in A Rainy Day in New York, previously told The New York Times "it's a awful shame" the film was shelved.

Allen, however, believes Amazon had no basis to end their contract, and has now filed a $68 million lawsuit in New York Federal Court against the company, according to The Hollywood Reporter.