Woody Allen Producing New Film in Spain Amidst Controversy in the United States
Woody Allen is working on a new movie in Spain while being caught up in a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Amazon.
The Barcelona-based multimedia communications group Mediapro will produce the project. Allen worked with the company while making his films Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris.
Details about the film are under wraps, but a seven-week shoot is expected and the Basque Country in northern Spain has been scouted for locations.
The $68 million lawsuit was filed earlier this month after Amazon terminated a four-picture deal with Allen, which included not releasing a film he had already completed— A Rainy Day in New York.
Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Hall, stars of A Rainy Day in New York, distanced themselves from the project after Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow reiterated in 2017 that she had been sexually abused by her father. Chalamet said in January 2018 that he was donating the salary he received from working on the film to Time’s Up, The LGBT Center in New York, and RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network). Hall also donated her salary to Time’s Up and said she was “profoundly sorry” for working with Allen.
Amazon emailed Allen’s reps in June 2018, writing that his own comments, the unwillingness of top talent to work with him, and the renewed sexual misconduct allegations “frustrated the purpose of the agreement.” Allen’s lawsuit, which was filed two weeks ago, claims that the allegations were not new and were in fact public knowledge before Amazon signed the deal, yet they backed out of the deal after Farrow restated them in late 2017.
Despite the controversy the director has found himself in lately, Mediapro does not seem hesitant to work with him again.
“We have a 10-year relationship with Mr. Allen and, like all projects we produce, we judge the creator by its work,” Mediapro said in a statement to the Times. “All of our projects have a unique personality, and we support all types of artistic voices and ideas and remain committed to producing well-defined and creative projects for audiences worldwide.”