Amazon Picks Up Woody Allen’s Next Movie Starring Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Parker Posey & Kristen Stewart

Amazon Picks Up Woody Allen's Next Movie Starring Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Parker Posey & Kristen Stewart

For the past eight years, Sony Pictures Classics has enjoyed a comfortable relationship with Woody Allen, releasing all of the director’s films since 2009’s "Whatever Works." But with some surprising news coming today, it seems the filmmaker is ready to shake things up and go with some new blood.

Amazon has picked up the North American rights to Allen’s next film, shot last summer, starring Jeannie Berlin, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll, and Ken Stott. The 1930s set romantic comedy will receive a regular theatrical release (no date has been set), and will then launch on Amazon Prime, to view at home. It’s another big get from the online merchant. As we explored earlier this month, Neflix and Amazon are making big waves on the indie film landscape, and there were few longer studio/director relationships in recent memory that have been as long lasting as Allen and Sony Pictures Classics (except maybe Quentin Tarantino and The Weinstein Company). This is certainly a major shift.

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Clearly, Allen is enjoying what Amazon is offering him as a filmmaker. Next month he starts shooting his first ever TV series of the streaming site, that will star himself, Elaine May, and Miley Cyrus, and I won’t be surprised if that’s not the last project the prolific director does with Amazon.

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Not Odd

Who said bidding war? No one but you. Amazon just plunked down more money then most can offer and if you’ve been paying an ounce of attention you’d know streaming invaders are doing this everywhere now. What does SWATH or anything else have to do with it?

Odd

Sony obviously passed on this, they’re not distributing it. Bidding war? LMAO. Where’s your proof of that? They didn’t have enough of an interest in it to put their money down, did they? Amazon is already producing Woody’s TV series, so they stepped in to pick this up. The point still stands that no studio has hired Stewart since her affair with her married director derailed the SWATH sequel. Maybe Universal spread the word that she was a loose cannon and no other studio would trust her in a big budget film. In any case, she hasn’t been cast in one since then.

SO ODD

Hi it’s Elie. Fist me if youve mist me

DEAR ODD

Elie Ritter is that you. I thought a saw this comment about SWATH on your IG. Did you really send a letter to Universal about Kstew? Is your husband still friends with Rpattz. Interested parties would like to know.

Not Odd

Uhh, Sony didn’t pass on sh*t. Amazon clearly outbid them. SPC were just talking how streaming invaders are throwing around big money but were suspicious if they could sustain doing so. In the short term, yes.

Odd

It’s so odd that Sony passed on this. Makes me wonder if Kristen Stewart having a leading role influenced their decision. No big studio has wanted to be associated with her since Universal fired her from their SWATH franchise back in 2012. She’s wrung every last drop out of her indies which some critics touted, but so far she isn’t being cast in any big budget studio films, and now Sony passes on this after distributing all of Woody’s other films. Strange.

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