A few years ago, Woody Allen entered into a deal with Amazon Studios to direct a number of films for the company, and - at the time - this was generally considered something of a coup for the still up-and-coming streaming service. Flash-forward several years, and things are quite a bit different.
Of course, the sexual abuse allegations that have long followed this director weren't exactly unknown at the time Amazon Studios signed their contract with Allen, but in the time since the world decided to get its shit together and stop accepting Hollywood's "business as usual" approach to this sort of thing. Indeed, the rise of the #MeToo movement has left many wondering how Amazon might navigate their deal with Allen going forward, with one persistent rumor being that Amazon might buy out their contract with the dude.
That's definitely one way of doing it! Here's another (via GQ):
"Allen's latest movie, A Rainy Day in New York, has been shelved indefinitely by Amazon. Page Six reports that the film, which stars Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez, Rebecca Hall, Jude Law, and Elle Fanning, "may never see the light of day."
But wait, there's more:
"Amazon hasn't specified why they're shelving the film, but it reportedly contains scenes of a 44-year-old man (played by Jude Law) having sex with a 15-year-old girl (Elle Fanning)."
Now, that last bit hasn't been confirmed, obviously, and it's entirely possible A Rainy Day in New York does not contain such a scene. But it's also very, very possible that it does. This is, after all, Woody Allen that we're talking about; wouldn't be the first time an Allen joint has featured a much older actor in a romantic relationship with a much younger actress (have you seen Manhattan lately? Yeesh).
As of now, Allen has three films remaining on his contract with Amazon. The next one - if, indeed, there is a next one - has yet to be announced. We're curious to see how this pans out, and will keep you informed as further updates roll in.