The visionary director (who leaves a trail of sexual abuse allegations behind him) is preparing after a career that spans 50 films under his direction.
It’s another end of an era today, with Woody Allen announcing he will be retiring from acting after his next project wraps up.
His upcoming 50th film, titled ‘Wasp 22’, will be a French-language film currently filming in Paris, but at 86, he’s still not quite ready to wrap it all up.
Allen told Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia that he intended to retire from directing but would shift his interest to another creative avenue – writing. He said, “My idea, in principle, is not to make more films and concentrate on writing.”
Whether it’s writing a novel or writing screenplays for future movies remains to be seen, but just about every project he’s taken on in his nearly 60-year career has also been written by him.
The announcement of the four-time Oscar winner (two for “Annie Hall”, one for “Hannah and her sisters” and another for “Midnight in Paris”) comes after a long series of allegations against the man of 86-year-old who was dating all the way back in 1992. Rosie O’Donnell brandished the filmmaker as a “slimy bookworm staring at a pedophile bastard”; while Cate Blanchett added at the time of the Dylan Farrow allegations: “I’m a huge supporter of the justice system and the setting of legal precedents. If the case is to be reopened, I absolutely, wholeheartedly support it.”
HBO’s 2021 docuseries ‘Allen v Farrow’ closely followed the director’s adopted daughter and ex-wife Mia Farrow, showcasing the man’s alleged inappropriate actions. However, the docuseries was criticized for not featuring Allen’s side of the story and he wrote a rebuttal which reads, “These documentarians had no interest in the truth”.