It appears it is finally curtains for Woody Allen. And all it took was 50 films.
This comes straight from Allen himself, who revealed the news in an Instagram Live interview conducted by actor Alec Baldwin.
Allen, 86, will begin production on film No. 50 in the fall. But he told Baldwin that movie-making “is not as enjoyable to me as it was,” and that he expects this will be his final effort. His reasoning? “The thrill is gone,” he said.
Allen has been a writer/director/comedian and jazz musician for more than five decades. He has spurned such as hits as Annie Hall, Manhattan, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Hollywood Ending and Deconstructing Harry. His most recent film, Rifkin’s Festival, was released in 2020. Apparently, it will be his next-to-last.
Allen told Baldwin that he prefers “staying home” and exercising, playing his clarinet or writing his new book, entitled “Zero Gravity.”
Of course, not discussed were the troubling sexual abuse allegations made by Allen’s step-daughter, Dylan Farrow, and ex-wife Mia Farrow. Allen has already repeatedly denied the allegations time and again. So instead, Allen and Baldwin stuck to Allen’s career.
“I’ll probably make at least one more movie, but a lot of the thrill is gone,” Allen said. “When I started, you’d do a film and it would go into movie houses all across the country. … Now you do a movie and you get a couple weeks in a movie house — maybe six weeks, four weeks, whatever — and then it goes right to streaming or pay-per-view. And people love staying home with their big screens and watching on their television sets and they have good sound and a clear picture.”
“It’s not the same as when I went into the movie business. So it’s not as enjoyable to me as it was. I don’t get the same fun. … I don’t know how I feel about making movies. I’m going to make another one and see how it feels.”
That said, he stopped just short of calling it a career completely.
“I’m going to make another one and see how it feels,” he said.