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- Amazon is reportedly considering a “hefty payout” to end a five-movie deal it signed with Woody Allen in 2016, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
- The studio is currently on the hook for four movies from Allen, including his upcoming film, “A Rainy Day in New York.”
- Allen has recently come under renewed scrutiny over allegations that he sexually abused his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was seven years old.
Amazon Studios is reportedly considering a “hefty payout” to end a five-movie deal with Woody Allen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Allen signed the deal with former Amazon Studios boss Roy Price in 2016. The studio is reportedly on the hook for four more releases from Allen, including his upcoming 2018 film, “A Rainy Day in New York,” which does not yet have a release date.
At this point, Amazon is contractually obligated to release “Rainy Day,” which has recently seen its stars Timotheé Chalamet and Rebecca Hall publicly disavowing the director over allegations that Allen sexually abused his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was seven years old.
But the renewed wave of protest against Allen reportedly has Amazon Studios strongly considering cutting ties with the director:
“Internally, the consensus is that Amazon will have no choice but to sever ties with the director, even if that means a hefty payout,” writes THR’s Tatiana Siegel.
THR notes that Amazon likely won’t make a decision on the matter until it finds a replacement for former studio head Roy Price, who resigned in October after being accused of sexual harassment.
Despite the prospective loss of a payout to Allen, the move could likely be a cost-effective one for the studio in the long run. Allen’s last four films have taken in a cumulative $26.9 million domestically while carrying a collective $85 million in production budgets, according to a recent report from The New York Times.
Amazon Studios did not immediately respond to a request for comment.