Woody Allen suing Amazon for $68M over killed movie deal

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Filmmaker Woody Allen is suing Amazon Studios, saying he deserves at least $US68 million ($95.8 million) in damages for its refusal to distribute his movie A Rainy Day in NY.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in NY, calls Amazon a "technology giant but Hollywood novice".

Woody Allen is now suing Amazon for a breach in contract, stating that the reason Amazon won't produce his movies is because of "a 25-year-old, baseless allegation". "There simply was no legitimate ground for Amazon to renege on its promises".

Allen, 83, accused the Amazon.com Inc unit of breach of contract for backing out last June, after an accusation resurfaced that he had in 1992 molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow.

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Allen's claim indicates Amazon executives Jason Ropell and Matt Newman met with his representatives in the wake of Farrow's New York Times letter, feeling that Amazon's reputation had already been tarnished due to past associations with disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and former Amazon Studios head Roy Price.

After delaying the film, Allen alleges that Amazon canceled its release entirely and backed out of its remaining film obligations.

But Amazon refused to distribute the first of Allen's films, "A Rainy Day in NY", the lawsuit alleges. Allen has consistently denied the allegations. The following month, Amazon's general counsel, Ajay Patel, suggested pushing back the release of "A Rainy Day in New York" until 2019, and Allen agreed, according to the suit.

Woody Allen slapped Amazon with a $68 million lawsuit Thursday for allegedly dropping a four-picture deal.

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Then - on June 19, 2018 - Allen says he was served a termination notice that stated, "Amazon is terminating the Agreement with respect to each of the Pictures" and that "Amazon does not intend to distribute or otherwise exploit the Pictures in any domestic or worldwide territories".

Some stars associated with Rainy Day, including Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez and Rebecca Hall, reportedly donated their salaries from the movie to the Time's Up sex harassment campaign or other charities.

Before the four-film contract, Amazon had produced three projects by Allen, a miniseries called "Crisis in Six Scenes" and the films "Cafe Society" and "Wonder Wheel".

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