×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Woody Allen’s Next Film After ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ to Be Sold by FilmNation, Mediapro

Having won the backing of Mediapro, one of Spain’s biggest media groups and an old ally, Woody Allen’s next and as-yet-untitled feature has found further support, with Glen Basner’s FilmNation boarding to co-handle international sales with Mediapro.

New York-based FilmNation, one of the world’s preeminent independent sales companies renowned for its range of titles, handled sales on Allen’s 2016 “Cafe Society” and the upcoming “A Rainy Day in New York.” His next project, which had been provisionally titled “Rivkin’s Festival,” is an homage to the San Sebastian Festival and the town of San Sebastian itself.

The distribution arrangement was confirmed by Mediapro founder Jaume Roures on Tuesday at a news conference in San Sebastian, where Allen will shoot his Spanish feature which goes into production Wednesday. Roures added that no distribution agreement has as yet been closed for Spain.

Distribution prospects in Europe could be good, however, Allen said. “I’ve been very lucky over the years that I’ve had a very good public in Europe, and they’ve enjoyed my films, and I think from early signs they will enjoy this one.” Though dropped by Amazon in the U.S., “A Rainy Day in New York” will be released in Italy and Germany in the fall.

Popular on Variety

Except for a boycott by the leftist Basque party EH Bildu of a reception thrown for Allen on Tuesday by the mayor of San Sebastian, the reception in Spain for Allen has largely been warm. That did not mean, however, that he was not questioned repeatedly on the virtual lockout by the U.S. industry after Amazon and other U.S.-based companies declined to release “A Rainy Day in New York.” This followed renewed sexual molestation allegations leveled against him from 2016 by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow.

Allen was asked whether he ever thought of retiring. “I have not thought of retiring because I never think of retiring,” he said. “My philosophy has always been, no matter what happens from when I started many years ago, to just keep focused on my work and keep working and no matter what has happened in my life with my wife, children, current events, politics, illness, no matter what has happened I focused on my work.”

Allen added: “I don’t think of political or social movements. I’m not equipped mentally to have insights into those things. I deal in human relations and comedy. I think I’ll probably never retire and die in the midst of setting up a film shot on a set making a movie.

His new untitled film is set during the San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival, the biggest film event in the Spanish-speaking world. “Festivals have become too much about stars and commerce,” whereas they used to be more about tributes to great filmmakers, Allen said. “I feel festivals should represent the highest form of cinema as art and give a chance to great new filmmakers to come along and great veterans to be at the best artistically.”

Allen wrote the screenplay of his film so that his family could spend the summer in San Sebastian, “I remembered San Sebastian from having been here for the festival as an exceptionally beautiful city and very charming. It seemed like a place I and my family would enjoy for the few months it takes to make a film.”

He declined to go into much new detail about the movie, which follows a married American couple, played by Cristoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds”) and Gina Gershon (“Killer Joe”), who fall in love with other people while attending the film festival.

“She has an affair with a brilliant French movie director, and he falls in love with a beautiful Spanish woman who lives there,” Spanish producers The Mediapro Studio said in a statement last month. “It is a comedy-romance that resolves itself in a funny but romantic way.”

Mediapro, The Mediapro Studio’s Barcelona-based parent company, co-produced previous Allen films “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Midnight in Paris,” both of which won Academy Awards: a best supporting actress Oscar for Penelope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” the first Oscar ever won by a Spanish actress, and an original screenplay award for Allen on “Midnight in Paris.”

Bowing in 2008, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” grossed $96.4 million worldwide and $23.2 million in U.S. domestic. Released in 2011, “Midnight in ParIs” earned $151.1 million across the globe, including a domestic $56.4 million, Allen’s career record, before adjustment for inflation.

Letty Aronson’s Gravier Productions, which co-produced both with Mediapro, as well as Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” will fill that role again on the new film, producing with The Mediapro Studio.

The film features an international cast to match the scope of its setting and narrative, including Spain’s Elena Anaya (“Wonder Woman”), France’s Louis Garrel (“Godard Mon Amour,” “A Faithful Man”), Spain’s Sergi López (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “A Perfect Day”) and long-time Allan regular Wally Shawn (“Radio Days,” “Fog and Manhattan”). Anaya, Lopez, Gerson and Shawn attended the press conference in San Sebastian.

CREDIT: QUIM VIVES

More Film

  • Sir Paul McCartneySir Paul McCartney in

    Paul McCartney Teams With Netflix, Gaumont on Animated 'High in the Clouds'

    Paul McCartney is collaborating with Netflix and Gaumont on the animated feature “High in the Clouds,” based on the children’s novel he wrote with Geoff Dunbar, and Philip Ardagh. McCartney is producing and contributing songs to the film, which centers on an imaginative teenage squirrel named Wirral who find himself pulled into a ramshackle gang [...]

  • Australia' s Oscar contender BuoyancyC

    Rod Rathjen on Why Human Trafficking Tale 'Buoyancy' Had to be Made as Fiction

    Australian Rod Rathjen’s first film as director, “Buoyancy” is a powerful dramatization of human trafficking within Thailand’s offshore fishing fleet. Shot largely in Khmer and Thai, and selected as Australia’s foreign-language Oscar contender, it may also be a role model for cultural sensitivity and activism. The film plays this week in competition at the International [...]

  • Bong Joon Ho Talks 'Parasite' on

    'Parasite' Director Bong Joon Ho Makes Late Night Debut Following Three Globe Nominations

    “Parasite” director Bong Joon Ho sat down for his first U.S. late-night appearance on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” Monday night. The director, who received best director and best original screenplay Globen Globe nominations with co-writer Han Jin Won, plus a best foreign language nod Monday morning, did not give much away about the film’s [...]

  • The Cold Blue

    Erik Nelson Wants to Preserve the Past With 'The Cold Blue' World War II Documentary

    Erik Nelson describes his documentary “The Cold Blue” as “the garage band of movies” — he didn’t have the large team or crew other documentary contenders have. “The Cold Blue” is a World War II documentary that looks at raids and B-17 bombing missions that took place during the war. Nelson’s team looked at 34 [...]

  • Ray Manzarek

    Film News Roundup: Concert-Documentary 'The Doors: Break on Thru' Set for February

    In today’s film news roundup, one-night showings of a Ray Manzarek tribute and the season premiere of “Doctor Who” have been set for 2020, and the MPAA hires a copyright expert. ONE-NIGHT SHOWINGS The Doors and Trafalgar Releasing are teaming on the worldwide Feb. 12 release of “The Doors: Break on Thru – A Celebration [...]

  • Richard Jewell

    Warner Bros. Hits Back at Atlanta Paper Over 'Richard Jewell' Legal Threat

    Warner Bros. is standing behind “Richard Jewell,” the Clint Eastwood drama that is the source of controversy over its portrayal of a female journalist trading sex for scoops. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sent a legal threat to the filmmakers on Monday asking them to include a disclaimer noting that the film took dramatic license. In a [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content