Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Woody Allen’s New Movie Already Sold In Many Foreign Countries


I hate to take issue with Page Six, especially my pal Ian Mohr. But Woody Allen is having no trouble selling his new film, “Magic in the Moonlight,” to foreign distributors.

“Magic” is already set for release in Japan, Portugal, South Korea and the Netherlands. And France is a no-brainer since “Magic” was shot in and around Cannes and Antibes. The French already love Woody, and love him more from “Midnight in Paris.” “Magic” will be a big hit there. Woody’s films are loved in the UK, Spain, Italy, and Germany.

It amazes me, the people who plant these items in gossip columns. Woody is a big international hit. And a movie set in the South of France with Colin Firth and Emma Stone? Say no more. “Blue Jasmine” has made $61 million internationally, plus $33 million domestically.

Believe me, European distributors don’t care about any of the stuff we’ve chewed on the last week or so regarding Woody. The love him, and they’d release two at a time if he could make them!

“Magic in the Moonlight” will have its US debut likely in late July from Sony Pictures Classics.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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