The release of Woody Allen’s upcoming film, A Rainy Day In New York, could be in jeopardy due to the renewed sexual molestation allegations coming from Dylan Farrow, his adoptive daughter with former girlfriend Mia Farrow.
The New York Post’s Page Six is quoting an anonymous Hollywood executive as saying that the film, which was slated to be released later this year by Amazon Studios, could conceivably be shelved and never released to theaters.
‘Rainy Day’ will either not come out or [will] get dumped by Amazon without any p.r. or theatrical release.
Farrow alleges that in 1992 Allen had sexual molested her when she was just seven years old. The allegations led to a trial the following in which a judge found “no credible evidence” to support Farrow’s claims.
Rainy Day stars Timothée Chalamet and Selena Gomez have announced that they will be donating their salaries from the film to various women victims groups. Additionally, several actors who have worked on past Allen projects – including Greta Gerwig, Colin Firth, Chloë Sevigny, Rachel Brosnahan, Ellen Page and David Krumholtz – have come forward over the past several weeks expressing regret that they worked with the director.
The latest round of accusations against Allen and the subsequent reaction from key cast members have lead to speculation as to whether the writer/director would be able to even make another film. Page Six’s source confirms this speculation, stating “He’s having trouble casting his new film.”
Of course, this is not the first time that an allegation of sexual assault has impacted the release of a film. Last fall, The Orchard yanked I Love You Daddy from distribution just days before its release when accusations of sexual harassment against writer/director/star Louis C. K. became public. Ridley Scott famously reshot a portion of his film All The Money In The World just weeks before its scheduled release date to sub out Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer. Plummer’s work on the picture earned him an Academy Award nomination.