Woody Allen announced Sunday that he will be retiring from filmmaking after completing his 50th feature.
The 86-year-old actor, writer and director plans to retire from movies to focus on writing, according to the Spanish newspaper The vanguard. ‘My idea, in principle, is not to make more movies and focus on writing.’
The director, who has denied sexual abuse allegations lodged against him by his daughter Dylan Farrow, is currently at work on his 50th and final film, titled Wasp 22.
The movie, which he compared to his late-career work Match Point, is being filmed entirely in French.
The end: Woody Allen announced Sunday that he will be retiring from filmmaking after completing his 50th feature; seen in 2019 in San Sebastian, Spain
allen awning The vanguard that he wanted to spend his twilight years writing.
Production on his final film is set to begin in a couple of weeks.
The writer and director claimed the plot would be ‘exciting, dramatic and also very sinister’ and described it as something similar to the thriller Match Point, which won the Goya award for Best European Film in 2006.
The Blue Jasmine director has chosen to work in Europe in recent years due to falling support in the US amid allegations of abuse in the #MeToo era.
Swan song: Allen’s final film will be a film set in Paris and shot entirely in French. Production is set to begin in a couple of weeks.
His former partner, Mia Farrow, accused him of sexually abusing his adopted daughter Dylan in 1992, when she was seven. Allen had already shocked the public when it became known he had begun a romantic relationship with Farrow’s then 17-year-old adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn.
Farrow and Allen were together for more than a decade, from 1980 to 1992 and made 13 films together before he and the Hannah And Her Sisters star split after she learned of his relationship with Previn.
The director has always denied the abuse allegations, and no charges were ever brought against him, though Dylan, 37, has stuck by her abuse claims.
Family: Woody Allen and Mia Farrow with daughter Dylan and son Ronan Farrow in New York, 1988. Allen and Farrow were together for more than a decade and made 13 films together before their split
Abuse allegations: Allen was accused of sexually abusing his daughter Dylan when she was seven years old. He has denied the charges, but Dylan has never recanted her story
He and Farrow had a total of three children together, Moses, 44, whom they adopted. Investigative journalist Ronan Farrow, 34, is their biological child.
Soon-Yi and Allen married in 1997 and have adopted two children together.
When the abuse allegations first came to the fore, they didn’t seem to hurt Allen’s career. Top actors, including Scarlett Johansson, Cate Blanchett, Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates continued to work on his films.
Marriage: Allen began a relationship with Farrow’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn when she was still in her teens. They went public with the relationship when she was 17. They married in 1997 and adopted two children; seen in August 2021 in NYC
Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg in 1935 in New York City and raised in Brooklyn. He grew up with a passion for baseball, but realized he was funny and began earning money by selling jokes for an agent who would sell them to newspaper columnists.
The writer legally changed his name to Heywood Allen at age 17, but later decided to go by Woody.
Allen began his career as a comedy writer in the 1950s and 60s. He made his directorial debut in 1966 with What’s Up Tiger Lily, a spy spoof in which he also acted.
He won a Grammy for his comedy record Woody Allen in 1964.
Annie Hall: Allen won three Oscars for Annie Hall (pictured): Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Diane Keaton won the Academy Award for Best Actress
Love affair: Keaton and Allen dated for several years prior to making Annie Hall; publicity still for Play It Again, Sam (1972)
The writer and director turned away from slapstick comedies to more adult themes in the 1970s and won three Oscars for Annie Hall: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
The film was a romantic comedy about a divorced man and his tumultuous relationship with an aspiring nightclub singer. Keaton, his former girlfriend, earned the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as the title character.
In total, Allen has received a record-breaking 16 Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay.
In 1979, he released Manhattan, costarring Mariel Hemingway and Keaton. The film was about a divorced television writer dating a 17-year-old girl.
It film was nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar, and Hemingway earned a Best Supporting Actress nod.
In her memoir, Out Came the Sun, Hemingway claimed the director invited her to Paris once she turned 18, two years after they had worked on Manhattan.
‘Our relationship was platonic, but I started to see that he had a kind of crush on me, though I dismissed it as the kind of thing that seemed to happen any time middle-aged men got around young women.’
The actress said she turned down the trip once she realized she would not be getting her own room.
Oscar: Mira Sorvino won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as a ditzy porn star and prostitute who is the mother of Allen’s adopted son in Mighty Aphrodite (pictured)
Mira Sorvino won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as ditzy porn star and prostitute who is the birth mother of the adopted son on Allen’s character in Mighty Aphrodite.
In hindsight, Sorvino, 54, claimed the experience tainted her career, revealing on the wtf podcast in March she ‘should have denounced’ the director following the sexual abuse allegations.
‘I didn’t look deep enough to actually educate myself to really make an educated opinion at the time. It’s not an excuse…. it ruins Mighty Aphrodite for me, ruins my Oscar, ruins that start of my career, because I treasured it for years and then it’s like, I should have denounced him. I should have known it then.’
Tainted: Sorvino, 54, has claimed the experience is ‘tainted’ for her and she should have denounced Allen following allegations he sexually abused his daughter; still from Mighty Aphrodite
Woody and Soon-Yi, now 51, still call New York home and live in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
In a live-streamed conversation on Instagram from June with actor Alec Baldwin — who has appeared in several of his films — the embattled writer and director alluded to his career pivot, saying ‘the thrill is gone’ due to a decline in the theater- going experience.
He told La Vanguardia his next project will be a novel.