Amazon Studios is taking a chance giving Woody Allen his first-ever TV series (kind of a TV series; it’ll be on the Internet). It’s not a risky move creatively. Woody Allen has been one of the greatest comedy film writer-directors for decades with memorable movies like Annie Hall and Manhattan to modern day Oscar winners like Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine. The untitled Woody Allen project for Amazon’s Prime Instant Video will probably be phenomenal content for the streaming service that tries to compete with giant streamer Netflix. The risky part is putting money behind Allen who carries with him old and recent controversy regarding allegations that he molested his adopted daughter Dylan. In light of the recent Bill Cosby rape allegations, working with any older talent with an uncertain scandalous past may resurface a real-life narrative that could bring down Woody Allen.
Twenty years ago, a Vanity Fair article claimed that the Magic in the Moonlight director molested Dylan, whom he adopted with then-wife Mia Farrow. In October 2013, Dylan talked to Vanity Fair recalling what she remembers happened when she was seven. The story came out around the time that Allen’s Cate Blanchett-starrer Blue Jasmine was receiving critical praise and entered the Academy Award speculation pool (the film would later earn Allen a nomination for Best Original Screenplay). The molestation accusations will surely make the rounds again leading up to the release of Woody Allen’s new project. But will it stop people from watching?
The project for Amazon Prime Instant Video will feature a full season of half-hour shows. No further details concerning subject, casting or number of episodes has been released. All that Amazon would share was that customers in the U.S., U.K. and Germany will see the series online in 2016. “Woody Allen is a visionary creator who has made some of the greatest films of all-time,” said Vice President of Amazon Studios Roy Price. “It’s an honor to be working with him on his first television series.” Amazon continues to push big names into high-profile shows to compete with Netflix as well as regular cable. Its first big series Alpha House starring John Goodman was well-received and recently released its second season. Amazon celebrated its first Golden Globes this week when Transparent won for Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy. Jeffrey Tambor won the Golden Globe for his lead role on the show.