Here's why Selena Gomez's new movie might never be released
This year Selena Gomez has been living her best life, traveling the world and posting stunning bikini photos from a yacht. (Justin who?) When not on vacay, she's kept busy recording her third solo album and acting in movies. However, the romantic comedy A Rainy Day In New York, co-starring Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning and Jude Law, is shelved indefinitely.
Why might this movie never be released? Two words: Woody Allen. Now, that name might not be familiar to Selena Gomez fans; the only 'Woody' they know is Woody from Toy Story! Don’t worry, I’ll catch you up: Woody Allen, 82, is the Oscar-winning writer/director behind the classic films Annie Hall, Manhattan and Midnight In Paris. He has also been accused of sexually assaulting his adopted daughter for 25 years. In a post #MeToo world, it appears his #TimesUp.
So, what's the deal with this old dude? In 1992, 7-year-old Dylan Farrow alleged that Woody, her adoptive stepfather, touched her "private part" while they were alone together. A babysitter allegedly witnessed this inappropriate behavior, prompting her to speak out. Woody denied the allegations. Critics accused Dylan's mother, Mia Farrow, of "coaching" the girl. Dylan's brother, Ronan, backs her story and believes Woody is guilty. Meanwhile, Dylan's other brother, Moses, has taken Woody's side.
In 1993, The Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of Yale-New Haven Hospital conducted a months-long investigation, concluding Dylan had not been sexually assaulted. No evidence was found and the case was not pursued. However, the investigators refused to testify in court in a custody hearing, claiming their case notes had been destroyed. This put the conclusion under heavy scrutiny.
For decades, these allegations dogged Woody Allen - and so did the creepy fact that he married Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his ex, Mia Farrow, and 35 years his junior. (Yeesh.) However, it didn't hurt his career. The prolific director has released a movie almost every year since 1969, each one starring Hollywood A-listers, including Scarlett Johansson, Will Ferrell, Ellen Page, Owen Wilson, Blake Lively and Michael Caine.
In 2016, Amazon Studios signed a five-movie deal with Woody Allen, which I am sure they regret that now. A Rainy Day in New York wrapped production last fall, just before the rise of the #MeToo movement. A spotlight shined on Dylan Farrow's allegations, and the director struggled to find distribution for his 2017 film, Wonder Wheel. In reaction to the woke social climate, Woody expressed sympathy for Weinstein (Yeesh, again), and declared himself "the poster boy" for #MeToo, in a good way.
Thus, Amazon Studios have shelved A Rainy Day in New York indefinitely, which could be a loss of $25 million. They have not given any official reason for the delay, but come on, how could it not be Woody's reputation? The movie already caught controversy for its reported plot: A middle-aged man has sex with younger women, including his "concubine," a 15-year-old played by Elle Fanning. (Yeesh, for the third time.) That doesn't seem like it’ll play well in 2018.
Actors Selena Gomez and Timothée Chalamet, among others, have said they regret working on the film and have donated their salaries to Time’s Up and other charities. According to some reports, Amazon is contractually obligated to put the movie out. However, sources now claim no release date has ever been set. But it's safe to say, that like disgraced comedian Louis C.K.'s I Love You Daddy, this film won't be released anytime soon.
In December 2017, Selena spoke about A Rainy Day In New York, kind of, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "To be honest, I’m not sure how to answer - not because I’m trying to back away from it,” she said, as she tried to back away from it. “[The Harvey Weinstein allegations] actually happened right after I had started [on the movie]. They popped up in the midst of it. And that’s something, yes, I had to face and discuss. I stepped back and thought, ‘Wow, the universe works in interesting ways.'"
It certainly does! Yeah, I’d spend the summer lounging on a yacht too.