Woody Allen says he’s not retiring after all

Woody Allen says he’s not retiring after all

Woody Allen is shutting down claims over the weekend that he is retiring after his 50th film, “Wasp 22.” The news came from an interview with the Oscar winner in the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia that he would be retiring from filmmaking after his last project, which was to be shot in Paris.

Allen’s press representative released a statement to IndieWire saying, “Woody Allen never said he was quitting, and he never said he was writing another novel. He said that he was thinking about not making movies, because it’s not that fun for him to make movies that go directly or very quickly to streaming platforms, because he’s a big lover of the cinema experience. At the moment, he has no intention of retiring and is very happy to be in Paris filming his new film, the 50th.”

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The interview claimed that Allen revealed that his upcoming film, French thriller “Wasp 22,” would be his last film. Although the plot remains under wraps, Allen compared the feature to “Match Point” and described the film as “exciting, dramatic, and also very sinister.” Gina Gershon, Christoph Waltz, Louis Garrel, Wallace Shawn, and the Spanish actresses Elena Anaya and Sergi Lopez star in the film.

La Vanguardia noted that the 86-year-old author Allen would focus on writing novels after filming, following his fifth collection of short stories, “Zero Gravity.” The director was said to be interested in writing a full-length novel in the future after his 2020 memoir “Apropos of Nothing.”

Regular colleague, actor Alec Baldwin, interviewed Allen via Instagram Live earlier this year. Allen said during a June 2022 video interview that he would do “at least one more movie” after “Wasp 22.”

“A lot of the thrill is gone,” explained the “Manhattan” director. “When I used to make a film I would go into a movie house all over the country. Now you make a film and you get a few weeks in a movie house. Maybe six weeks or four weeks and then it goes right to streaming or pay-per-view. It is not the same. It’s not as fun for me.”

Allen continued at the time, “I don’t have the same fun making a movie as I do in a theater. It was a nice feeling to know that 500 people were seeing it once… I don’t know how I feel about making movies. I’m going to do another one and see how it feels.”

He added, “I think I will work again in film, but maybe I want to go into writing.”

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