Friday, May 24, 2024

Woody Allen’s Next Film Follows His TV Series to Amazon for Theatrical Release


Woody Allen’s still untitled new film, a comedy set in the 1930s, has been sold to Amazon. They will choose a distributor, and release the film next fall. Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, and Kristen Stewart star in it.

The news is a little bit of a surprise since Woody’s last several films have been with Sony Pictures Classics. SPC could still distribute the film.

The Amazon connection comes through Woody’s 6 part TV series, which also went to Amazon. Jeff Bezos really wants some Oscar action, and figures he might get it through Woody. You never know. Woody is Oscar magic- think Blanchett, Wiest, Keaton and so on.

I am told that the film is supposedly much better than Woody’s last two, Magic in the Moonlight and Irrational Man, which were strike outs after big hits like Vicki Cristina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris, and Blue Jasmine.

Amazon also paid a decent price– something that was getting harder and harder to find. They’ll release into theaters and do an exclusive for their Prime members.

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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