Woody Allen Announces Retirement At 86, Says ‘Wasp 22’ Will Be The Last Movie

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Woody Allen has announced that he will stop filming after the release of his next film.

The 86-year-old filmmaker will start production on his latest feature next fall and has told a Spanish newspaper that he plans to make it his last.

In an interview with La Vanguardia prior to Wasp 22to be filmed in Europe, Allen said, “My idea is basically not to make more movies and focus on writing.”

He added that his next project will be a novel.

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This isn’t the first time Allen has talked about stepping back from the movie business. In a conversation with Alec Baldwin, streamed live on Instagram in June, Allen said he plans to direct “one or two more” movies, but also said that “the tension is gone” due to the decline in the theatrical experience.

In his long career, Allen has received a record 16 Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay. He has won four Academy Awards, including one for Best Director for Annie Hall (1977). Despite his success, he has always been known for avoiding award shows.

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In recent years, he has been blacklisted by many people after accusations by his former partner Mia Farrow that he allegedly abused their child. Allen has always denied the allegations and has continued to work.

His most recent film was Rifkin’s Festival, which grossed only $2.3 million and reached the US in a limited release. MPI Media Group handled the film and stepped in for Amazon Studios, which signed its $80 million distribution deal with Allen in 2019.

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Earlier this year, Allen described the upcoming Wasp 22 as “some sort of poisonous romantic thriller” and compared the film to its 2005 caper Match point. The film is shot in Paris with an all-French cast.

Zac Ntim contributed to this report.

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