Famously prolific director Woody Allen is reportedly about to do what he hasn’t done since 1981 and go at least one calendar year without making a movie.
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that the four-time Oscar winner’s 48th feature film, “A Rainy Day in New York,” wrapped in November and is set to be released by Amazon later this year. After that, Allen apparently has nothing on the horizon until an untitled project due in 2020.
Whether the upcoming break is Allen’s idea isn’t entirely clear.
The report cites sources saying Allen has not secured financing for the 2020 project. However, the report notes that “Amazon has a deal with Allen that leaves Amazon on the hook for three more films after “Rainy Day.”
The Post also notes: “Earlier this year, a Hollywood Reporter article said that Amazon may decide to break the deal even if that means a hefty payout.”
The report quotes a source saying: “Woody loves working. He never takes a vacation. But he will be taking time off this year until he can find a backer.”
The Post adds: “The #MeToo movement, ironically spearheaded by his son Ronan Farrow, has hurt the auteur, who was accused by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, of sexually abusing her 26 years ago. Allen was never formally charged with a crime, although a judge in Allen’s child-custody case against Mia Farrow called Allen’s behavior toward Dylan ‘grossly inappropriate.’”