As retribution for backing out of their agreement, Allen is asking reimbursement for the $9 million that he reportedly spent to self-finance A Rainy Day in NY, in addition to the minimum guarantee of $25 to $27 million Amazon allegedly agreed to pay to license the film.
'Amazon has tried to excuse its action by referencing a 25-year old, baseless allegation against Mr. Allen, but that allegation was already well known to Amazon (and the public) before Amazon entered into four separate deals with Mr. Allen-and, in any event it does not provide a basis for Amazon to terminate the contract, ' the suit states.
Allen's daughter, Dylan Farrow, has said that Allen molested her in an attic in 1992 when she was 7 years old, which the filmmaker has repeatedly denied.
"There simply was no legitimate ground for Amazon to renege on its promises", the lawsuit says.
Director Woody Allen attends the "Cafe Society" photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France, on May 11, 2016.
Allen is seeking $68 million in minimum guarantee payments from the four films in the deal with Amazon, in addition to damages and attorneys fees.
Per the lawsuit, executives with Amazon Studios met with Allen's representatives and "discussed the negative publicity and reputational harm Amazon Studios had received because of allegations made against its former President, Mr. Price, and its association with Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company".
After delaying the film, Allen alleges that Amazon canceled its release entirely and backed out of its remaining film obligations.
In January 2018, Chalamet revealed he donated his entire salary from the film to charities Time's Up, The LGBT Center in NY, and RAINN as he didn't "want to profit from [his] work".
Amazon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the suit.
He claims Amazon breached the terms of its agreement, and the about-face has caused him substantial financial loss, forced him to "forego the services of highly-regarded individuals" who'd agreed to work on his movies, and affected his contracts with foreign distributors. The suit was filed in the Southern District of NY.