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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.[2]

A Rainy Day in New York
Directed byWoody Allen
Produced by
Written byWoody Allen
CinematographyVittorio Storaro
Edited byAlisa Lepselter
  • Gravier Productions
  • Perdido Productions
CountryUnited States
Budget$25 million[1]



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.[3]



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.[4][5] 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.[6][7] In October 2017, Suki Waterhouse joined the cast.[8] In October 2017, Allen confirmed the film was titled A Rainy Day in New York.[9] Principal photography began on September 11, 2017, in New York City and concluded on October 23.[10][11]


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.[12]

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.[13][14]

In January 2018, Timothée Chalamet donated his salary to RAINN, Time's Up and the LGBT Center of New York.[15] Selena Gomez made a donation exceeding her salary, over $1 million, to Time's Up.[16]Rebecca Hall donated her salary to Time's Up.[17] 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."[18]

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.[19][20]


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  2. ^ Woody Allen’s ‘Rainy Day,’ Starring Timothée Chalamet and Selena Gomez, Shelved Indefinitely by Amazon — Report. Indie Wire.
  3. ^ Charrier, Mathieu (November 23, 2017). "EXCLUDED - Woody Allen unveils the plot of his upcoming movie, "A rainy day in New York"". Europe1. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  4. ^ Ford, Rebecca (August 8, 2017). "Selena Gomez Joins Elle Fanning in Woody Allen's Next Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  5. ^ Lang, Brent (August 8, 2017). "Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Timothée Chalamet to Star in Woody Allen Film". Variety. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 6, 2017). "Jude Law Joins Elle Fanning and Selena Gomez in Woody Allen's Next Film (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  7. ^ Kilday, Gregg (September 11, 2017). "Diego Luna, Liev Schreiber Join Woody Allen's New Movie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  8. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (October 6, 2017). "Suki Waterhouse Cast In Woody Allen's Next Film". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  9. ^ V. Nepales, Ruben (October 22, 2017). "Woody Allen reveals he only gets $35 allowance every 2 weeks (Part 2)". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  10. ^ "DGA" (PDF). Directors Guild of America. Retrieved September 11, 2017. (registration required)
  11. ^ "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About A Rainy Day in New York". The Woody Allen Pages. November 5, 2017.
  12. ^ IndieWire. "Woody Allen Sues Amazon Studios for $68 Million Over Terminating Film Deal". Feb. 7, 2019. [1]
  13. ^ McHenry, Jackson (October 16, 2017). "The Tick Actor Griffin Newman Regrets Working With Woody Allen, Promises to Donate His Salary From the Film". New York City: New York Media. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  14. ^ Barsanti, Sam (October 15, 2017). "The Tick's Griffin Newman says he regrets working on new Woody Allen movie". The A.V. Club. Chicago, Illinois: Onion, Inc. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  15. ^ Shanley, Patrick (January 16, 2018). "Timothée Chalamet Donates Salary from Woody Allen Film to Time's Up Fund". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  16. ^ Tracy, Brianne (January 16, 2018). "Selena Gomez Made Significant Donation to Time's Up That 'Far Exceeded' Woody Allen Film Salary". People. New York City: Meredith Corporation. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  17. ^ Stefansky, Emma (January 13, 2018). "Rebecca Hall Donated Her Salary from Woody Allen's Next Movie to Time's Up". Vanity Fair. New York City: Condé Nast. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  18. ^ Schneller, Johnanna (February 8, 2018). "Rebecca Hall's fight for nuance in the #TimesUp era". The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: The Woodbridge Company. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  19. ^ Maddus, Gene (February 7, 2019). "Woody Allen Files $68 Million Suit Against Amazon for Film Deal Breach". Variety. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  20. ^ Gardner, Eriq (February 7, 2019). "Woody Allen Sues Amazon for Terminating Movie Deal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 7, 2019.

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