Prolific Hollywood filmmaker Woody Allen has clarified that he is not retiring after one of his statements in his interview with a Spanish newspaper was misconstrued as the Academy Award-winning director saying his upcoming film titled Wasp 22 will be his last. project would be.
“My idea is basically not to make more films and focus on writing,” the filmmaker had said in his interview with La Vanguardia while shooting his 50th film in Europe. The director was quick to issue a statement on Monday, September 19, after reports surfaced that he has announced his retirement from filmmaking.
A statement issued on his behalf read: “Woody Allen never said he was retiring, nor did he say he was writing another novel. He said he wasn’t thinking about making movies because making movies that are direct or going to streaming platforms very quickly is not much fun for him as he is a big lover of the cinema experience, currently he has no plans to retire and he is very excited to be in paris for the shooting of his new movie, which will be the 50th.”
It is not the first time that the 86-year-old director, born in 1935 in New York as Allan Stewart Konigsberg, has shown his disinterest in the current process of filmmaking. During an Instagram live session with actor Alec Baldwin in June, Woody said: “A lot of the tension is gone. Now you make a movie and you get a few weeks in a movie house, and then it goes to streaming or pay by mail. It’s not the same . It’s not so much fun for me.”
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Speaking of his upcoming feature film Wasp 22, Allen’s 50th film will be shot entirely in France in a few weeks. The upcoming film has been described by the director himself as being similar to his 2005 classic Match Point, saying it would be “thrilling, dramatic and also very sinister.”