Woody Allen sues Amazon for dropping A Rainy Day in NY

Sergio Cunningham
February 8, 2019

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's team argues that the allegations were well known when Amazon entered into an agreement with the director and don't give Amazon a basis for terminating the contract.

The suit alleges that Patel sent a notice in June 2018 terminating the four-picture agreement, saying that Amazon had no intention to distribute any of the films.

Amazon representatives later said the company cancelled the deal 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 objective of the Agreement".

Woody Allen has hit Amazon Studios with a $68 million ($A95.73 million) lawsuit, claiming the company breached its contract by refusing to release his new movie A Rainy Day in NY and backing out of a four-film deal in the wake of his daughter's renewed molestation allegations.

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After delaying the film, Allen alleges that Amazon canceled its release entirely and backed out of its remaining film obligations.

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. Amazon said it "wanted to be the "home" for Mr. Allen's films for the remainder of his career", according to the suit, and it wooed him and his production company, Gravier Productions, away from their previous backers.

But it dropped his most recent movie, A Rainy Day in NY.

The negative publicity, fueled further by Allen's own tone-deaf comments, led Amazon to shelve the film, as well as attempt to get out of the deal wholesale.

Allen is seeking $68 million in guaranteed payments under the original deal's terms, as well as damages and coverage of legal fees. The suit was filed in the Southern District of NY.

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