Woody Allen announced on Sunday that he will retire from filmmaking after completing his 50th feature film.
According to the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, the 86-year-old actor, writer and director plans to stop filming to focus on writing.
The director, who has denied sexual abuse allegations against him by his daughter Dylan Farrow, is currently working on his 50th and final film, titled Wasp 22.
The film, which he compared with his later work Match Point, is filmed entirely in French.
The End: Woody Allen announced Sunday that he will stop filming after completing his 50th feature film; seen in 2019 in San Sebastian, Spain
Allen told the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia that he wanted to spend his late days writing.
His swan song becomes a film set in Paris and shot entirely in French. Production starts in a few weeks.
The writer and director claimed the plot would be “thrilling, dramatic and also very sinister” and has been described as something akin to the thriller Match Point, which won the Goya award for Best European Film in 2006.
The Blue Jasmine director has chosen to work in Europe in recent years due to dwindling support in the US amid allegations of abuse in the #MeToo era.
Swansong: Allen’s swan song will be a film set in Paris and shot entirely in French. Production starts in a few weeks.
His former partner, Mia Farrow, accused him of sexually abusing his adopted daughter Dylan when the girl was seven. Allen had already shocked the public when it became known that he had started a romantic relationship with Farrow’s then 17-year-old adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn.
Farrow and Allen were together for more than a decade, from 1980 to 1992, making 13 films together before he and the Hannah and her Sisters star split and he recorded with his stepdaughter.
The director has always denied the allegations and no charges have ever been filed against him, although Dylan, 37, has never denied her allegation of abuse.
Woody Allen and Mia Farrow with daughter Dylan and son Ronan Farrow in New York, 1988. Allen and Farrow were together for over ten years and made 13 films together before splitting up
Abuse allegations: Allen was accused of sexually assaulting Dylan when she was seven years old. He has denied the allegations, but Dylan has never retracted her story
He and Farrow had a total of three children, Moses, 44, whom they adopted. Investigative journalist Ronan Farrow, 34, is their biological child.
Soon-Yi and Allen married in 1997 and have adopted two children together.
Marriage: Allen started a relationship with Soon-Yi Previn when she was still in her teens. They announced the relationship when she was 17. They married in 1997 and adopted two children
When the abuse allegations first surfaced, they didn’t seem to hurt Allen’s career. Top actors, including Scarlett Johansson, Cate Blanchett, Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates, continued to work on his films.
Allen began his career as a comedy writer in the 1950s and 1960s. He made his directorial debut in 1966 with What’s Up Tiger Lily, a spoof in which he also acted.
He won a Grammy for his comedic record Woody Allen in 1964.
Annie Hall: Allen won three Oscars for Annie Hall: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Diane Keaton, won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1978
Love Affair: Keaton and Allen dated for a few years before making Annie Hall
The writer and director turned from slapstick comedies to more mature themes in the 1970s, winning three Oscars for Annie Hall: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay for the romantic comedy about a divorced man and a budding nightclub singer. Keaton, his former girlfriend, earned the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as the title character.
In 1979 he released Manhattan along with Mariel Hemingway. The film was about a divorced television writer who was in a relationship with a 17-year-old girl. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay and Hemingway received a nod for Best Supporting Actress.
In her memoir, Out Came the Sun, Hemingway claimed that the director invited her to Paris when she turned 18, two years after working on Manhattan. “Our relationship was platonic, but I started to see that he had a little crush on me, although I dismissed it as something that seemed to happen when middle-aged men started dating young women.” The actress said she declined the trip when she realized she wouldn’t be getting her own room.
Oscar: Mira Sorvino won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as the ditzy porn star and prostitute who is the mother of Allen’s adopted son in Mighty Aphrodite
Mira Sorvino won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as the ditzy porn star and prostitute who is the biological mother of the adopted son in Allen’s character in Mighty Aphrodite.
In retrospect, Sorvino, 54, claimed the experience had tarnished her career, revealing on the WTF podcast in March that she “should have sued” the director over the sexual abuse allegations.
“I didn’t look deep enough at the time to really educate myself to really form an informed opinion. It’s no excuse… it ruins Mighty Aphrodite for me, ruins my Oscar, ruins the beginning of my career, because I’ve cherished it for years and then it’s like I should have sued him. I should have known then.’
Defiled: Sorvino, 54, has claimed the experience was ‘contaminated’ for her and she should have sued Allen after allegations that he sexually assaulted his daughter