Woody Allen has been swept up in the backlash against rampant abuse of power in Hollywood, started by the Weinstein fallout, #MeToo, and Time’s Up, and his career might truly suffer this time. Page Six reports that the studio that is due to release A Rainy Day in New York, Amazon, may decide to sweep their collaboration under the rug and not release Allen’s upcoming film. “‘Rainy Day’ will either not come out or [will] get dumped by Amazon without any p.r. or theatrical release,” reportedly said a film exec on the subject.
The news comes to light as more and more actors and actresses express public regret at having worked with Allen. Actress Ellen Page, who worked with Allen on his 2012 film To Rome with Love, described the film as “the biggest regret of [her] career,” and that it left her “ashamed.”
In 1992, the adopted daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, Dylan Farrow, accused Allen of sexually abusing her when she was just 7 years old. This occurred simultaneous to Allen going public about his relationship with Farrow’s other adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, which started when she was just 19, and whom he later married. The court found no conclusive evidence in the Farrow case, and many A-list stars continued to work with the director. Allen continues to deny these allegations to this day, and Farrow has never wavered from her story.
As far as A Rainy Day goes, most of its stars have already distanced themselves from the film and have expressed regret about working on it. Selena Gomez chose to star in the film, despite warnings and admonishments from her own mother, but has now joined co-stars Timóthee Chalamet and Rebecca Hall in donating their entire salaries from the film to non-profits like Time’s Up, the NYC LGBT Center, and the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN).
Even if the film does get released, it’s very unlikely it will make it to theaters, and will only be released for streaming. It seems like these days no one wants to be caught in public on their way to a Woody Allen film, for good reason.