Amazon Studios in Talks to Land Woody Allen's Next Film (Exclusive)
The new untitled project (which has Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake attached) is the director’s second collaboration with the streamer following 'Cafe Society,' opening July 15.
The Amazon Studios-Woody Allen relationship isn't a fling. Sources say the streaming giant is in talks for North American rights to Allen's (ICM) next film, which will star Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi, Justin Timberlake and Juno Temple. It's a bold move given their first collaboration, the Kristen Stewart-Jesse Eisenberg starrer Cafe Society, doesn't bow theatrically until July 15 via Lionsgate (it will land on Amazon's Prime service after the theatrical window).
Further, the new untitled film, set in Coney Island, won't begin shooting until the fall, whereas Cafe Society already was finished when Amazon paid a whopping $15 million for it in February. Despite Allen's recent PR headaches involving renewed sex abuse claims, Amazon execs are confident in Cafe Society, as well as his upcoming Prime series in which he stars with Miley Cyrus and Elaine May. The only question is whether Amazon is ponying up Cafe Society-level numbers, which one rival distributor called "a statement price."
This story first appeared in the July 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.