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.