Allen says he and his production company Gravier inked the multi-picture deal with Amazon to finance and distribute his movies in August 2017, after it released both Cafe Society and Wonder Wheel - an association the suit claims generated "prestige" for the online empire's fledgling studio and established it as "a legitimate player in Hollywood".
The first movie in the deal, "A Rainy Day in NY", has been completed for over six months - but Amazon has been hesitant to release it.
The legal action said Amazon knew about "a 25-year old, baseless" allegation when it entered into deals with the director and that it "does not provide a basis for Amazon to terminate the contract".
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Allen says the film was ready for release, but it was shelved by Amazon due to "renewed allegations" and Allen's "controversial comments".
The suit alleges that Patel sent a notice in June 2018 terminating the four-picture agreement, saying that Amazon had no intention to distribute any of the films. Then, in June 2018, Ajay Patel, associate general counsel, Amazon Studios and movies & TV, sent an email canceling the deal, saying "Amazon can not continue in business with Mr. Allen".
The film, starring Timothee Chalamet and Selena Gomez, was expected to come out a year ago after filming wrapped in 2017, but was shelved after allegations of abuse reemerged from Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in the wake of the MeToo movement. He's also aiming to retrieve the attorney and damage fees.
The lawsuit filed in US District Court in Manhattan follows more than two decades of modest commercial fortunes for many Allen films. Over the next few years, as the MeToo and Time's Up movements grew, some former collaborators began distancing themselves from Allen, including Chalamet, who last year announced he was donating his Rainy Day salary to a handful of charities. Co-star Rebecca Hall made a pledge to do the same previous year.