Despite Speculation, Woody Allen Will Not Retire

Woody Allen announced in an interview with La Vanguardia that he planned not to do any more movies after his fiftieth, which he is currently shooting in Paris: “My idea, in principle, is not to make more movies and focus on writing, these stories and, well, now I’m thinking more of a novel.”

Those comments were taken as Allen announcing his retirement from moviemaking. However, a statement by the director’s representative was released, which debunked any retirement plans, stating that “Woody Allen never said he was retiring, not did he say he was writing another novel. He said he was thinking about not making films as making films that go straight or very quickly to streaming platforms is not so enjoyable for him, as he is a great lover of the cinema experience. Currently, he has no intention of retiring and is very excited to be in Paris shooting his new movie, which will be the 50th.”

Currently, there are sparse details on what his fiftieth film will be, only that it will be similar to Match Point, and be “exciting, dramatic and also very sinister.” But it’s unclear if the director will ever find distribution in the United States, after Amazon Studios ultimately shelved A Rainy Day In New York after allegations of abuse resurfaced, which led to Allen pursuing them in court for an alleged breach of contract.

And as Allen wants to go into writing, he’ll also have a hard time finding a publisher, as employee walkouts led to Hachette canceling the publication of his memoir, Apropos of Nothing. Arcade then acquired its publishing rights, but controversies surrounding the filmmaker still remains, and he has had difficulty finding studios that would want to associate with him for his last two movies, and his current one, which could release next year.

Source: Variety


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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