A Rainy Day in New York
A Rainy Day in New York is an American romantic comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen. It stars Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Diego Luna and Liev Schreiber. The film was completed in 2017 but its distributor, Amazon Studios, has halted its release following controversy related to Allen and the Me Too movement.
|A Rainy Day in New York|
|Directed by||Woody Allen|
|Written by||Woody Allen|
|Edited by||Alisa Lepselter|
Two young people arrive in New York to spend a weekend; once they arrive they are met with bad weather and a series of adventures.
In August 2017, Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez, and Elle Fanning joined the cast of Woody Allen's newest film, with Allen directing from a screenplay he wrote. Letty Aronson produced, while Amazon Studios was to distribute it. In September 2017, Jude Law, Diego Luna, Liev Schreiber, Annaleigh Ashford, Rebecca Hall, Cherry Jones, Will Rogers, and Kelly Rohrbach joined the cast of the film. In October 2017, Suki Waterhouse joined the cast. In October 2017, Allen confirmed the film was titled A Rainy Day in New York. Principal photography began on September 11, 2017, in New York City and concluded on October 23.
The film was completed and went through final editing in the third quarter of 2018. On the basis of an assault allegation against Allen and reactions from the Me Too movement, Amazon productions shelved the project as being effectively unmarketable. In February 2019, Allen filed a lawsuit contesting that Amazon had failed to meet contractual obligations to release the film as originally contracted.
Me Too movement responsesEdit
The film's production coincided with the start of the Me Too movement, causing a resurgence in public interest in the 1992 sexual assault allegation against Allen. In October 2017, Griffin Newman announced via Twitter that he regretted acting in the film and would not work with Allen again in the future. Newman donated his salary to RAINN.
In January 2018, Timothée Chalamet donated his salary to RAINN, Time's Up and the LGBT Center of New York. Selena Gomez made a donation exceeding her salary, over $1 million, to Time's Up.Rebecca Hall donated her salary to Time's Up. She later explained: "I've been deliberate in saying that the choice wasn't making a judgment one way or another. I don't believe anyone in the public should be judge and jury on a case that is so complex."
Non-release and contestationEdit
In February 2019, it was announced Amazon Studios had dropped the film. Allen filed a $68 million suit against Amazon Studios alleging the studio had dropped the film for only "vague reasons" and terminated the four-picture contract over "a 25-year old, baseless allegation". The legal action seeks minimum guarantee payments for the four films, plus damages and legal fees.
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