One of the most active filmmakers today, Woody Allen has been directing films for more than 50 years, although the date of the end of his career could be very close. The director confessed his intentions in the interview via Instagram that he recently did with his partner Alec Baldwin.
Cinema in the age of streaming
Woody Allen’s fame with respect to new technologies is well known. The filmmaker has recognized on multiple occasions that they are not exactly a saint of his devotion, but for everything there is a first time. Allen entered Alec Balwin’s live and they talked about his latest book, ‘Zero Activity’, and his career as a director.
Allen confessed that no longer interested in directing moviesbecause the current landscape of streaming platforms seems unexciting to him:
I’ll probably make one more movie but a lot of the excitement has been lost because you don’t have the full “cinema effect”. When I started, you made a movie and you knew it would be shown in theaters across the country and people would come. Now you make a movie, it is shown for four or six weeks in theaters and then it goes directly to streaming or pay-per-view (…) It is not the same as when I started in the industry. And for me, it’s not that enjoyable.
Allen says that he doesn’t have any streaming platform because “he doesn’t have time for that”, at home they only watch sports and news. To this must be added the bad experience of his collaboration with Amazon Studios, which canceled a $68 million deal to make four films.
I’m not as excited about making a movie for theatrical release. I liked knowing that there would be 500 people watching it at the same time… I don’t know how I feel about making movies anymore. I’ll do one more and see what I think.
That next project, still untitled, is scheduled to begin shooting in the fall, in Paris. It would be the 50th film in his filmography. Right now, the director confesses to being more interested in writing, having recently published his memoir (‘About Nothing’) and now this book of stories.