Filmmaker Woody Allen says he’s not very interested in making movies anymore, citing the rise of streaming and the death of movie theaters.
Speaking to Alec Baldwin during an appearance on Instagram Live on Tuesday to promote his ‘Zero Gravity’ collection of comedic stories, he says the fun is gone and after his next film – his fiftieth as a director, he may have finished:
“I’ll probably do at least one more movie. Much of the thrill is gone. When I was making a movie, it was going to theaters all over the country. Now you’re making a movie and spending a few weeks in a movie theater. Maybe six weeks or four weeks and then it goes straight to streaming or pay-per-view… It’s not the same… It’s not as enjoyable for me.
I don’t have the same pleasure as editing a film and putting it in a cinema. It was a nice feeling to know that 500 people had seen it once… I don’t know how I feel about making movies. I’ll make another one and see how it does.
Allen, fresh out of the just-released “Rifkin’s Festival,” confirmed he would make another film in Paris in the fall but gave no details.
The once-famous filmmaker has become a Hollywood pariah in recent years as sexual abuse allegations involving his daughter Dylan Farrow have resurfaced.
Amazon Studios notably canceled a four-movie, $68 million deal, and Allen’s recent films have struggled to get distributed.