Published: Thu, February 07, 2019

Woody Allen sues Amazon for $96 million over terminated movie deal

Woody Allen sues Amazon for $96 million over terminated movie deal

Filmmaker Woody Allen has filed a $68 million suit against Amazon for breach of contract, accusing the streaming giant of cancelling a film deal because of a "baseless" decades-old allegation that he sexually abused his daughter.

He is seeking that $9 million along with minimum guarantees owed him for other films, totaling "in excess of $68,000,000", according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court in NY and obtained by AFP.

Allen has been accused of molesting Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter, when she was seven years old in the early 1990s.

Allen recently came under fire over sexual abuse allegations, which led to the studio choosing not to distribute his latest film A Rainy Day in NY, which stars Jude Law, Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Diego Luna, Liev Schreiber, and Timothée Chalamet.

Amazon asked Allen and his team to delay the release of the first film under their deal - A Rainy Day in NY, with a cast that includes Jude Law, Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Diego Luna, Live Schreiber and Timothée Chalamet - until 2019.

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 goal of the Agreement". Amazon's former studio head, Roy Price, was forced to resign amid misconduct allegations.


Some stars associated with Rainy Day, including Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez and Rebecca Hall, reportedly donated their salaries from the movie to the Time's Up sex harassment campaign or other charities.

The suit seeks $68 million in minimum guarantee payments arising from the four films, in addition to damages and attorneys fees.

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.

The company is said to have informed Allen that the deal had become "impracticable" due to "supervening events, including renewed allegations against Mr. Allen, his own controversial comments and the refusal of top talent to work with or be associate with him in any way, all of which have frustrated the goal of the agreement".

Amazon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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