Should Amazon be in business with Woody Allen?
That was the question a reporter put to Amazon Studios chief Roy Price at the company’s Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour session in Beverly Hills on Monday. Before presenting the studio’s slate of programming (including buzzworthy Nazi thriller The Man in the High Castle), a reporter asked Price why they made a deal with Allen given the sexual assault allegations that have been levied against the filmmaker by Dylan Farrow.
“You know, Woody Allen is one of the greatest filmmakers America has ever produced, and we are going to be talking about people are going to be talking about Woody’s films for a long, long time,” Price said. “And I think when we talk about what would be a great inspiration for a show, a lot of Woody Allen films kept coming up, with Annie Hall or what have you. And so then we just thought, ‘Well, what if we actually asked Woody Allen himself to do a show?’ And so I think that was really our focus.”
The reporter pressed whether Amazon took into account “the issues [Allen has] had” when making the decision.
“I think you have to look at the whole picture but — yeah, take everything into account, but our focus is on the fact that he is a great filmmaker and storyteller,” he said. “And so we look forward to the show in 2016.”
Amazon hasn’t released any details about Allen’s show, though Price said the scripts for the first season are “just about done” and he expects the show to go into production at the end of the year or early January.