Woody Allen's Rainy Day to get Italian release
- Bang Showbiz
- 6 May 2019
Woody Allen's 'A Rainy Day In New York' will be released in Italy after Amazon put it on hold indefinitely in the wake of the Hollywood MeToo movement
Woody Allen's 'A Rainy Day In New York' will be released in Italy.
The movie, starring Jude, Selena Gomez, Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Hall and Elle Fanning, was filmed in 2017 but Amazon put it on hold indefinitely in the wake of the Hollywood MeToo movement.
Allen has been accused of – and has repeatedly denied – claims that he molested his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was just seven years old.
However, Variety reports that the film will be released in Italy last this year via distributor Lucky Red.
The website also reports that other European countries have closed local distribution deals and there is speculation that it could launch in September at the Venice Film Festival.
After Amazon ditched the film, the rights to the movie are now being sold by Glen Basner's FilmNation Entertainment.
Meanwhile, Jude recently said it is a "a terrible shame" that the movie has been shelved.
"It's a terrible shame. I'd love to see it. People worked really hard and put a lot in, obviously himself included."
Several actors who have worked with the director donated their salaries to charity or publicly vowed never to work with him again but Jude did not.
Explaining his decision, he said: "I didn't really want to get involved, to be honest. I just don't feel like it was my place to comment, and it's too delicate a situation. I feel like enough has been said about it. It's a private affair. [As for working with Allen again,] I don't know. I'd have to consider carefully."
In 2017, Gomez made a "significant donation" to the Time's Up Legal Fund, which was reported to be much more than her salary was for the movie.
And co-star Chalamet also donated his fee, splitting the money between the Time's Up movement, The LGBT Center in New York, and anti-sexual assault group Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
Farrow published an open letter in The New York Times in 2014 alleging that Allen molested her in an attic when she was seven and accusing Hollywood of turning a "blind eye".
The director has denied the allegation and previously accused the Farrow family of "cynically using the opportunity afforded by the Time's Up movement to repeat this discredited allegation".