May 7, 2019
Woody Allen unsuccessful in selling a memoir that literally no one asked for
by Stephanie DeLuca
Much of today’s news is bad news, but there is some good still left in this world: According to a report from the New York Times, Woody Allen can’t find a publisher interested in buying his memoir. The disgraced filmmaker “quietly” took his memoir to four of the five major publishing houses over the past year, “only to be met with indifference or hard passes,” write Alexandra Alter and Cara Buckley.
Thanks to the #MeToo movement, Allen is finally receiving the treatment he has long deserved (besides jail time); shunned by his peers and the public, he’s left with a ruined career and few to zero future prospects. This has been a long time coming. Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow first accused him of inappropriately touching her in 1992 and throughout the years, Farrow publicly repeated the charges. But it wasn’t until 2018 that the public decided to hold Allen accountable for his actions, “canceling” him and officially adding him to the bad men list alongside other sexual predators.
The Times report cites four executives at major publishing houses, speaking under anonymity, who say that the memoir was “met with indifference or hard passes.” And while some of the big 5 are still working with known sexual predators, none will take the risk of associating themselves with Allen. Especially when Daphne Merkin, writer and longtime friend of Allen, says that “presumably, the memoir is his side of things.”
This isn’t the first (and hopefully not the last) blow to Allen’s career: earlier this year, Amazon Studios canceled its four-movie deal with Allen. The two are now fighting it out in a court battle. This may be one of the few (only?) times we find ourselves on Amazon’s side.
Stephanie DeLuca is the director of publicity at Melville House.