A lot of us want to see this movie. Amazon better release it soon or pay Woody!
As per the Deadline article, it appears that Amazon entered into a four-film deal with Allen, well aware of the "baseless allegations". I didn't know this, and I see why he's pissed.
“Amazon has tried to excuse its action by referencing a 25-year-old baseless allegation against Mr. Allen, but that allegation was already well-known to Amazon (and the public) before Amazon entered into four separate deals with Mr. Allen—and in any event, it does not provide a basis for Amazon to terminate the contract,” the 28-page trial seek filing adds.
“After it had obtained the benefit of its association with Mr. Allen, Amazon egregiously rejected its obligations and attempted to terminate the deals unilaterally with absolutely no legal basis,” Allen’s attorney John Quinn said this morning in a statement after the suit was dropped into the court docket. “This behavior cannot go unchallenged and that is why we have brought this suit,” the Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan lawyer noted. “As a matter of law, the facts here could not be clearer. Amazon has no defense and there is no doubt that Mr. Allen and his production company will prevail in this matter.”
Amazon has now filed a response to that lawsuit in which it claims that Allen’s controversial public comments about the #MeToo movement made it “impracticable” to release and promote “A Rainy Day in New York.” Allen’s complaint stated that Amazon was well aware of the allegations against him when it signed him to the agreement and that those accusations are baseless. The studio’s response hinges in part on a number of actors who have previously worked with Allen saying that they would not do so again in the future, including “Rainy Day” star Timothée Chalamet.
In the Daily Beast, they are reporting that Amazon is counter suing Allen and they could call as witnesses, the actors who have publicly declared that they would not work with Allen again. They are using this as a defense to null and void their four picture deal with Allen (they signed this production contract with him damn well knowing the 30+ years allegations against Woody Allen). It sucks that Timmy may be pulled into this if he receives a subpoena to appear in court as a witness for Amazon. This is going to get nasty.
A constellation of Hollywood stars could be getting subpoenas to testify in the legal battle between Woody Allen and Amazon, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In documents filed Friday, Amazon cited a list of celebrities who have said they would not work with Allen because of a sexual abuse allegation against him, including Judd Apatow, Cate Blanchett, Timothee Chalamet, Colin Firth, Greta Gerwig, Griffin Newman, Ellen Page, Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard and Mira Sorvino. “Each of these individuals could soon be on the receiving end of a deposition request,” the publication said. Allen is suing Amazon for $68 million for terminating his multi-picture deal based on an accusation he abused his daughter decades ago—a charge he has long denied. Amazon says Allen’s comments about the #MeToo movement made him a liability.
I'm at the point where I think that Amazon should just release Rainy Day on Amazon Prime for a limited time, just to meet the bare minimum obligation they have to Allen and their deal. Will Amazon also discontinue streaming other Allen films in an attempt to appeal to the #MeToo supporters? Again, I'm no Allen fan, but the man was acquitted twice on these charges. I think where there's smoke, there's fire, but, the allegations are decades old, everyone is aware of them, but yet he kept working and producing hits and some Oscar winning performances. I don't think Amazon has a leg to stand on. But, we'll have to wait and see. And yes, I do want to see this film because of Timmy.
Could be part of a settlement. So they pay Allen a certain amount and release Rainy Day on Amazon Prime. I think Allen will want a good chunk of the money though, so we'll see if there is some settlement. I would hate Timmy having to be give a deposition or even testify. I personally don't like Allen but at this point, lets just get this over with and not have it drag on and on. I don't see Amazon winning this case they knew who Allen was and all the accusations against him when they did the deal.
If Woody creates a miracle and have Rainy Day premiere at Venice, he won. That is a premiere film festival. If he hadn't had all this bullshit against him, Rainy Day is the perfect film for TIFF and NYFF.
We'll have to see what happens. We'll eventually see it one day.