According to a lawsuit filed on Thursday in New York, Allen claims Amazon backed out of the deal in June 2018 because of an old accusation that the director had molested his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in 1992.
In June past year, the same month that Amazon apparently terminated his contract, Allen backed the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment - and said he should be its poster boy. Amazon said it "wanted to be the "home" for Mr. Allen's films for the remainder of his career", according to the suit, and it wooed him and his production company, Gravier Productions, away from their previous backers.
In the interim, the suit claims Allen and his associates repeatedly informed the Amazon team that they were working to complete the project in anticipation of Amazon distributing the project; Allen also asserts he began working on his follow-up projects for the streaming giant, including securing work commitments from a "highly regarded cinematographer and a highly regarded production designer" for a project that then set to film in 2018.
Allen's claim indicates Amazon executives Jason Ropell and Matt Newman met with his representatives in the wake of Farrow's New York Times letter, feeling that Amazon's reputation had already been tarnished due to past associations with disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and former Amazon Studios head Roy Price.
There is an important aspect of this story we need to talk about: Allen's disregard for Hollywood's reappraisal of Dylan Farrow's claims in a #MeToo era, and how, at the end of the day, no one wants to work with him anymore. As a result of the renewed scrutiny on the director, the first film in the partnership, Wonder Wheel, had trouble finding willing distributors, and eventually flopped when it finally did see release.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in NY, calls Amazon a "technology giant but Hollywood novice".
The suit seeks $68 million in minimum guarantee payments arising from the four films, in addition to damages and attorneys fees.
In January 2018, Chalamet revealed he donated his entire salary from the film to charities Time's Up, The LGBT Center in NY, and RAINN as he didn't "want to profit from [his] work". Co-star Rebecca Hall made a pledge to do the same past year.