Following restrictions in response to COVID-19, South Korea’s movie theaters have gradually begun to reopen over the past two weeks. According to Box Office Mojo, the country’s top-grossing release last weekend was A Rainy Day in New York, which is likely the last good will the movie will receive, because it will almost certainly never make its way to the United States.
Although widely available in the rest of the world, the romantic comedy starring Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning and Selena Gomez has been indefinitely paced into the vault by its American distributor, Amazon Studios, because it was written and directed by Woody Allen. Allen reportedly finished the film in 2018, but in the wake of the #MeToo movement, the distributor has refused to release A Rainy Day in New York. They’ve also dropped a previously settled five-picture deal with him as a response to the resurgence of these sexual assault allegations, which date back nearly 30 years.
Allen was accused of sexual abuse of his 7-year-old stepdaughter, Dylan Farrow, by his then-partner Mia Farrow in 1992. Though the New York Department of Social Services found “no credible evidence” of assault or abuse on Allen’s part, the Farrows have been vocal of their experience and disagreement with the court’s settlement in the public eye. Allen’s son, Ronan Farrow, who won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for his articles reporting on Harvey Weinstein’s misdeeds, has additionally shown solidarity with his mother and stepsister over the case.
Allen has since written and directed 27 films starring big-name celebrities like Scarlett Johansson, Kate Winslet, Charlize Theron and Cate Blanchett, who won an Academy Award for Best Actress in Allen’s Blue Jasmine. While some of the Hollywood elite have proclaimed Allen’s innocence, others have condemned his alleged actions.
In addition to Timothée Chalamet and Selena Gomez, A Rainy Day in New York actors Griffin Newman and Rebecca Hall donated their salaries to a variety of charities and organizations, with Hall reflecting about her participation in the film on Instagram. “I see, not only how complicated this matter is,” Hall says, “but that my actions have made another woman feel silenced and dismissed. I regret this decision and wouldn’t make the same one today.”
All controversies aside, A Rainy Day in New York has received largely middling reviews, currently holding a “Rotten” 58% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film has grossed over $21 million off a reported $25 million budget. Married to his former step-daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, for 23 years, Allen is currently working on his upcoming comedy Rifkin’s Festival, starring Gina Gershon and Christoph Waltz.
Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York won’t receive an American release from Amazon Studios due to accusations of sexual assault.