Veteran filmmaker Woody Allen has announced his retirement from filmmaking. Currently, in Europe making his 50th film, Allen told Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia that he wants to retire from filmmaking after this project and concentrate more on writing. 

Set in Paris, Allen’s 50th film will be shot entirely in French. Billing it as a film similar to Match Point, Allen promised the film will be “exciting, dramatic and also very sinister.”

Post the accusations alleged against him, Allen has been shooting more often in Europe than the US. In 2020, he opened the San Sebastian Film Festival with Rifkin’s Festival, shot in and around the city of San Sebastian.

Amazon Studios shelved Allen’s previous film, A Rainy Day in New York, after accusing him of “sabotaging” the future of the film by his comments on the abuse accusations of his daughter Dylan Farrow. He sued them for $68 million, alleging a breach of contract. The dispute was later settled out of court.

Allen has had trouble with publishing houses as well. Hachette canceled the publication of his memoir Apropos of Nothing after staff protests, but it was picked up by another publisher, Arcade.