Woody Allen suing Amazon for $68M over killed movie deal

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Amazon Studios entered an ill-considered five-picture deal with Woody Allen back in 2016, right around the time long-standing allegations of sexual assault against his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow resurfaced in the media.

The suit alleges that Patel sent a notice in June 2018 terminating the four-picture agreement, saying that Amazon had no intention to distribute any of the films.

In June previous year, the same month that Amazon apparently terminated his contract, Allen backed the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment - and said he should be its poster boy. "There simply was no legitimate ground for Amazon to renege on its promises".

Woody Allen has sued Amazon Studios, saying he deserves at least $US68 million ($A96 million) in damages for its refusal to distribute his movie A Rainy Day in NY and its decision to abandon a four-picture production and distribution arrangement.

Amazon representatives later said the company cancelled the deal due to "supervening events, including renewed allegations against Mr. Allen, his own controversial comments, and the increasing refusal of top talent to work with or be associated with him in any way, all of which have frustrated the goal of the Agreement". Allen has consistently denied the allegations. Allen said executives had met with him in December 2017 to discuss the "negative publicity and reputational harm" stemming from those claims and the studio's association with Harvey Weinstein but agreed to proceed with the release of "Rainy Day".

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In January 2018, Chalamet revealed he donated his entire salary from the film to charities Time's Up, The LGBT Center in NY, and RAINN as he didn't "want to profit from [his] work".

Amazon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

After delaying the film, Allen alleges that Amazon canceled its release entirely and backed out of its remaining film obligations.

According to TMZ on Thursday, the controversial filmmaker claims the company backed out of a four-movie deal, and wants at least $68 million for breach of contract and damages. The suit was filed in the Southern District of NY.

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