Woody Allen recently acquired the distribution rights to A Rainy Day In New York from Amazon Studios, who had previously put a release hold on the title during the height of the #MeToo movement given the controversy surrounding Dylan Farrow's allegations against Allen.
Now, the director is looking for an American company to screen his 48th feature film, to little or no avail.
The trailer for Rainy Day reveals a movie that seems so rife with Allen tropes––a young girl pursued by an older man, contrived quirky dialogue, a jazzy soundtrack, and the backdrop of New York City as a character in its own right––to the point where it feels more like a parody than an original screenplay.
Timothée Chalament and Elle Fanning star as a college-aged couple whose weekend getaway to New York City takes a disastrous turn as they get entangled in romantic mishaps and inclement weather conditions. The star-studded ensemble also features Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Rebecca Hall, Liev Schreiber, and Diego Luna. Many of the actors expressed regret for working with Allen and some donated their profits from Rainy Day to various charities, including Time's Up.
A Rainy Day In New York was part of a four-movie deal Allen struck with Amazon Prime, which started off with 2016's Café Society followed by 2017's Wonder Wheel. After the company's decision to put the movie on a release hold, Allen filed a $68 million lawsuit against Amazon for breaching their contract over a "25-year-old, baseless allegation."
Earlier this week, Allen took to his Facebook page to post the trailer in an apparent self-promo, and also posted a photo of the movie poster with a caption touting, "Coming soon." Variety reported that Rainy Day In New York is set to release in France, Germany, and Italy, among a few other countries, but it's still unclear whether the film will be screened in U.S. theaters.
An anonymous source told Variety that a film distribution company potentially acquiring the film would be "death, publicity-wise."While some subscribe to the belief that sexual allegations can ruin a man's career, Allen is currently working on another film in Spain financed by the international media company MediaPro.