Woody Allen film to go direct to DVD
Woody Allen’s “Cassandra’s Dream” is skipping the bigscreen and going direct to DVD in Germany after Constantin Film yanked the Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell drama from its theatrical lineup at the last minute.
Constantin declined to provide a reason, but industry observers suggest it could be irked by a recent distribution pact between French international sales group Wild Bunch, which sold it “Cassandra’s Dream,” and Berlin-based Senator Entertainment.
Wild Bunch acquired a 50% stake in Senator distrib Central Film last month as part of a partnership in which Central Film will release Wild Bunch pics in German theaters.
A number of German distribs have handled Allen’s movies in the past. “Scoop” went out via Concorde in 2006, grossing $2.4 million, while “Match Point” was released by Prokino/Fox in 2005, taking in $7.9 million.
“Cassandra’s Dream,” which was to be released Thursday, will go out on DVD this summer.
The last Allen film that failed to make it onto German screens was 2002’s “Hollywood Ending,” which has yet to be released on DVD here.