Woody Allen Says Content Deal With Amazon 'Catastrophic Mistake'18 May, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Woody Allen is apparently having second thoughts agreeing to produce original episodic content for Amazon Prime Instant Video.
Amazon Studios in January announced it signed the Oscar-winning director to create his first-ever TV series for Prime Instant Video. All episodes of the unnamed project will be written and directed by the 79-year-old Allen.
The reclusive director was in Cannes, France, May 15 to promote his latest movie, Irrational Man, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone. Allen appeared to emulate the movie’s title character when talking to reporters about the meaninglessness of life and other subjects, including Amazon.
Allen told the press he only became aware of Amazon in the past year and that he doesn’t own a computer or know what a streaming media device is. Thus, creating content for over-the-top video is apparently nothing but new anxiety (or hype) for the notoriously insecure filmmaker.
"It was a catastrophic mistake for me. I'm doing my best with it. I'm struggling with it at home. I never should have gotten into it. It's very hard for me. I thought it was going to be easy. You do a movie, it's a big long thing. To do six half-hours, I thought it was going to be a cinch,” Allen said, as reported by the Associated Press. “I don't know what I'm doing. I'm floundering. I expect this to be a cosmic embarrassment when it comes out."