Selena Gomez-starring new Woody Allen movie 'A Rainy Day in New York' may never hit theaters

The news broke on Thursday with Amazon, the production company behind the Allen movie, seemingly confirming that “no release date has ever been set".


                            Selena Gomez-starring new Woody Allen movie 'A Rainy Day in New York' may never hit theaters

It's highly likely that Woody Allen's upcoming romantic comedy, 'A Rainy Day in New York' might never see the light of the day. Starring Selena Gomez, Timothée Chalamet, Jude Law and Elle Fanning, the film has been at the eye of the storm for quite some time. And if the latest reports are any indication, the movie might now have been shelved indefinitely by Amazon Studios.

The news broke on Thursday with Amazon, the production company behind the movie, seemingly confirming that “no release date has ever been set,” The Guardian reports. On the heels of a renewed interest in the sexual allegation against Allen - he was accused of sexual assault by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow - this latest move serves another blow to the 82-year-old filmmaker. 

Already, the filming record for the acclaimed director - who has been involved with multiple notable films like 'Annie Hall', 'Midnight in Paris', 'Manhattan' and so on - has been seeming dicey of late. A recent report even suggested that there might be no new movies on offer from Allen in 2019 - a first in the history of his illustrated career spanning over more than six decades. And now, as it appears, if 'A Rainy Day in New York' is indeed shelved permanently, the bad luck might seep into this year as well. 

Director Woody Allen attends a photocall for 'Irrational Man' during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2015 in Cannes, France.
Director Woody Allen attends a photocall for 'Irrational Man' during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2015 in Cannes, France.

As it turns out, the struggles for Amazon, who has a five-film deal with Allen, had begun in 2016 itself while looking for theatrical distribution of Allen's 'Wonder Wheel'. In an addition to this series of unfortunate events - fuelled by Dylan and her brother Ronan's reasserted allegations - however, the director's next offering, 'A Rainy Day in New York' seems to have met with the same fate. 

Not going ahead with the movie, though, might be a bad move on part of the producers, financially speaking, with the projected loss being $25m, as per sources. But it's not too surprising, especially after the cast involved with the rom-com - Gomez and Chalamet - shunned association, donating their part of the earning to the Time's Up campaign.

Costume designer Ane Crabtree attends the Costume Designers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 20, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.
Costume designer Ane Crabtree attends the Costume Designers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 20, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

As far as the allegations are concerned, Allen has strenuously denied them all. 

“I have no interest in all of that. I find that all tabloid stupidity. That situation had been thoroughly, thoroughly investigated up and down the line by New York social services in a 14-month investigation. It had been investigated by Yale and conclusions were clear and I have no interest in that whole situation. I get harassed all the time on it. But it doesn’t affect me and I just have no interest in it,” the accused filmmaker had told The Guardian.