Woody Allen sues Amazon for $96 million over terminated movie deal
Feb 08 2019
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.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday, says that Amazon knew about a "25-year-old" allegation before signing with Allen in 2017, but still used it as an excuse to back out of the deal. In the lawsuit, Allen claims that Amazon backed out of the agreement after his daughter, Dylan Farrow, renewed longstanding accusations that Allen molested her as a child. "There simply was no legitimate ground for Amazon to renege on its promises".
It also agreed to shell out between $25,000 ($A35,190) and $100,000 ($A140,775) for each nomination or win "of certain" Golden Globe Awards or Academy Awards, Allen's suit claims. Additionally, the suit suggests that Amazon's cancelation has interfered with the ability of Allen's production company, Gravier, "to meet certain obligations to outside investors and foreign distributors".
According to the complaint, Allen finished a film called A Rainy Day in NY that Amazon never released, breaching its contract.
The studio agreed to pay at least $9 million ($A12.67 million) for the license to his Timothée Chalamet-starring A Rainy Day in NY and his following flick, and then $25 million ($A35.193 million) and $27.5 million ($A38.7 million) for the two after that, and to release them all on at least 500 screens for at least 90 days, the suit says.
That film was one of several to be produced with the Oscar-winning director under a series of agreements reached after Allen made the "Crisis in Six Scenes" program for Amazon, which was then a new content provider.
In total, the suit seeks $68 million in minimum guarantee payments from Amazon.
The BBC contacted Amazon Studios for comment, but did not receive an immediate reply.
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.