The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in NY, calls Amazon a "technology giant but Hollywood novice".
"That allegation was already well known to Amazon (and the public) before it entered into four separate deals with Mr. Allen-and, in any event, it does not provide a basis for Amazon to terminate the contract", the suit alleges, per Variety. Timothée Chalamet, who worked with Allen on Rainy Day in NY (the film Amazon is now not letting see the light of day), has promised his salary from the film to charity after working with Allen.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Allen claims the studio's actions have cost him around $68 million, while the deal they had struck up would have served for Amazon "to finance and distribute his future films and to be his "home" for the rest of his career".
Pressed to explain the termination, the studio said the deal was "impracticable" due to "supervening events, including renewed allegations against Mr. Allen, his own controversial comments, and the increasing refusal of top talent to work with or be associated with him in any way", Allen said in the lawsuit.
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He claims his representatives met with Amazon executives in December 2017 to "discuss the negative publicity and reputational harm Amazon Studios had received because of allegations made against" former president Roy Price, who was accused of sexually harassing a coworker.
The writer and director alleges Amazon won't release his movie "A Rainy Day in NY", which has been finished for more than six months. Then, in June 2018, Ajay Patel, associate general counsel, Amazon Studios and movies & TV, sent an email canceling the deal, saying "Amazon can not continue in business with Mr. Allen".
Wood Allen is suing Amazon.
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".
Per the lawsuit, the conglomerate was ready to distribute the film - starring Selena Gomez and Timothee Chalamet - in August 2017, but got cold feet in June 2018.
Allen is seeking $68 million in minimum guarantee payments from the four films in the deal with Amazon, in addition to damages and attorneys fees.