Woody Allen, 86, joins wife Soon-Yi Previn, 51, in Paris as filming for Wasp 22 begins after the director said he had ‘no intention of retiring’
Woody Allen was seen on Thursday strolling the streets of Paris with his wife Soon-Yi Previn.
The 86-year-old director was spotted in the French capital when shooting for his latest thriller, Wasp 22, began after confirming that he ‘not planning to retire’ upon completion.
Woody wore a smart display in a navy blue sweater with a light blue shirt underneath.
New project: Woody Allen, 86, was spotted on Thursday strolling the streets of Paris with his wife Soon-Yi Previn, 51
He added khaki corduroy pants and brown suede sneakers, completing his look with a dark brown bucket hat.
Soon-Yi, the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, Woody’s former girlfriend, opted for a pink knit sweater with burnt orange pants.
Mia and Woody had been together since 1979, but that changed 13 years later when Woody, then 55, and Soon-Yi, then 21, were caught having an affair.
At work: The director was spotted in the French capital as filming began for his latest thriller, Wasp 22, after confirming he “had no intention of retiring” upon completion
Woody and Soon-Yi share two adopted daughters Bechet, 23, and Manzie, 22.
The New York native is in town as he begins work on his 50th film, which he compared to his later work Match Point.
It comes as a representative of the director released a statement on Monday make it clear that Woody was not going to retire.
In an interview with the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, he said: ‘My idea is basically to stop making films and concentrate on writing.’
The statement read: “Woody Allen never said he was retiring, nor did he say he was writing another novel.
Still working: It comes as a representative of the director released a statement Monday clarifying that Woody is not retiring
“He said he was thinking of not making movies because making movies that go straight or very quickly to streaming platforms isn’t much fun for him as he’s a big fan of the cinema experience.”
It concluded: “Currently, he has no plans to retire and he is very excited to be in Paris for the shooting of his new film, which will be the 50th.”
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.
In a June live-streamed conversation on Instagram with actor Alec Baldwin – who has appeared in several of his films – the controversial writer and director alluded to his career pivot, saying “the tension is gone” due to a downturn in the theater- experience.
“A lot of the tension is gone,” the director admitted. “Now you do a movie, and you get a few weeks in a movie house, and then it goes to streaming or pay-per-view. It’s not the same. It’s not so much fun for me.’
Statement: A representative said he was ‘considering not making movies because making movies that go straight or very quickly to streaming platforms isn’t that much fun for him’