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 will retire from cinema after his latest project, which will be shot in Paris.
Allen’s spokesperson released a statement to IndieWire, saying, “Woody Allen never said he was retiring, nor did he say he was writing another novel. He said that he is thinking of not making films as making films that go directly or very quickly on streaming platforms is not that enjoyable for him as he is a big fan of the cinematic experience. At the moment, he has no intention of retiring and is very excited to be in Paris shooting his new film, which will be his 50th.”
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The interview claimed that Allen revealed that his upcoming film, the France-based thriller “Wasp 22,” would be his last. While the plot remains under wraps, Allen compared the feature to Match Point and described the film as “exciting, dramatic and also very sinister.” The film stars Gina Gerson, Christoph Waltz, Louis Garrel, Wallace Shawn and Spanish actors Elena Anaya and Sergio Lopez.
La Vanguardia noted that the 86-year-old writer Allen will focus on writing novels after making cinema, following his fifth collection of short stories, “Zero Gravity.” The director is said to be interested in writing a long novel in the future following his 2020 memoir Apropos of Nothing.
Allen was interviewed via Instagram Live earlier this year by frequent collaborator, actor Alec Baldwin. Allen said during the June 2022 video interview that he will “probably do at least one more movie” after “Wasp 22.”
“A lot of the thrill is gone,” the “Manhattan” director explained. “When I made a film, it would go to a movie house across the country. Now you’re making a movie and staying for a few weeks in a movie house. Maybe six weeks or four weeks and then it goes straight to streaming or pay-per-view. It’s not the same. It’s not that pleasant for me.”
Allen continued at the time, “I don’t have the same fun making a movie and putting it in a theater. It was a nice feeling to know that 500 people were watching it at one time… I don’t know how I feel when I make movies. I’ll make another one and see how it goes.”
He added, “I feel like yes, I will work in film again, but maybe I want to switch to writing.”
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