Corona, streaming, other plans: Woody Allen announces the end of his directing career

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Corona, streaming, other plans
Woody Allen announces end of his directing career

Director Woody Allen hints that he will stop filming after his next film. In an interview, he gives several reasons, but also gives hope that his signature humor will reach the public in other ways.

In an interview with the Spanish newspaper “La Vanguardia”, Woody Allen indicated that his career was about to end. “My next film will be number 50, I think it’s a good time to stop,” said the 86-year-old director. “I don’t want to make movies anymore, I want to write stories,” Allen continued. He is thinking about writing his first novel. “I can imagine that he will have a lot of humor, because I take that for granted. But if I had a very serious idea, I wouldn’t hesitate either.”

His 50th film, with the working title Wasp 22, will go into production next fall in Paris, with French actors. In the interview, Allen compares his new and possibly last film to his work “Matchpoint”. He was similarly “exciting, dramatic and also scary”.

Allen hinted at the end of his career in June: “I’m probably going to do at least one more movie,” he said in an interview with Alec Baldwin, which can be found on his Instagram account. “The tension” was gone, he explained.

Pandemic has changed cinema

His films used to be shown in cinemas “all over the country” and hundreds of people attended the performances. Due to the corona pandemic, this is no longer the case. According to this information, productions ran in theaters for only a few weeks and were shown on stream or via pay-per-view shortly after. All this gives him less pleasure.

The career of the director of successful films such as ‘Hannah and her sisters’ or ‘Midnight in Paris’ has been overshadowed in recent years by allegations of his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow. In 2021, the HBO documentary “Allen v. Farrow” was released, which addresses allegations of abuse by his adoptive daughter against Allen. The director has consistently denied the allegations, which the then seven-year-old Dylan first made during his break with Mia Farrow in 1992.

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