According to the Hollywood Reporter, Woody Allen says he’s done with making movies. He points to the rise of home streaming, VOD and the slow death of theaters. They were reporting on Allen’s appearance on Instagram Live on Tuesday with Alec Baldwin.
He was promoting his story collection Zero Gravity and when they got on to the subject of making films Allen said he may be done after his next movie as he is no longer enjoying it.
“I’ll probably make at least one more movie. A lot of the thrill is gone. When I used to do a film it’d go into a movie house all across the country. Now you do a movie and you get a couple of weeks in a movie house. Maybe six weeks or four weeks and then it goes right to streaming or pay-per-view…It’s not the same…It’s not as enjoyable to me.
I don’t get the same fun as putting on a movie and putting it in a theater. It was a nice feeling to know that 500 people were seeing it once… I don’t know how I feel about making movies. I’m going to make another one and I’ll see how it feels.”
Allen’s latest movie was Rifkin’s Festival which is an American-Spanish-Italian co-production. He aims to make another movie in Paris later this year. Presumably this is if Roman Polanski has finished with the studio space. Allen’s status in Hollywood is completely diminished after unproven sexual abuse allegations bubbled up again involving his daughter Dylan Farrow.
This led to distributors distancing themselves from his work while Amazon Studios canned his $68 million four-picture deal.
In 2014 Allen received the Golden Globes Cecille B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. Following this Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow made some disparaging remarks about Allen on Twitter.
On February 1, 2014, New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof, with Dylan’s permission, published a column that included excerpts from a letter Dylan had written to Kristof restating the allegation against Allen, and called out fellow actors who have continued to work in his films. Allen responded to the allegation in an open letter, also in The New York Times, strongly denying it:
“Of course, I did not molest Dylan…No one wants to discourage abuse victims from speaking out, but one must bear in mind that sometimes there are people who are falsely accused and that is also a terribly destructive thing.”
The story took another twist in 2018 when Moses Farrow, Mia Farrow’s and Allen’s adopted son, spoke out about abuse he witnessed at Farrow’s Bridgewater house. However he claimed it was physical abuse and it was at the hands of Farrow, not Allen.
In a blog post called A Son Speaks Out Moses recounted:
“It pains me to recall instances in which I witnessed siblings, some blind or physically disabled, dragged down a flight of stairs to be thrown into a bedroom or a closet, then having the door locked from the outside. [Mia] even shut my brother Thaddeus, paraplegic from polio, in an outdoor shed overnight as punishment for a minor transgression”.
None of the allegations about either party have been tested in a court of law so remain in the realms of rumor and innuendo.