Not sure how you guys thought this whole “Woody Allen’s career” thing was going to shake out after the sexual assault accusations surrounding the writer/director have come to a head over the past couple of years, but it’s gone a way no human being could have predicted. Deadline reports that the Allen-helmed Amazon series he has been discussing for the past year is actually happening. Its stars? You know, the usual suspects: Elaine May and Miley Cyrus.
After all, the 80-year-old director told NPR last year that there’s still time for him to do his best work! He could still top this baby:
At the Cannes Film Festival last year, Allen made an unexpectedly candid statement about the Amazon project he was working on, stating that “It was a catastrophic mistake. I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m floundering. I expect this to be a cosmic embarrassment.” According to reports, it was not his typically dry, self-effacing style, but real weltschmerz.
And maybe this is why: He is starring alongside veteran comedian, director and Tootsie writer May and the former Hannah Montana, last seen in suggestive Instagram posts with Wayne Coyne, trying to out-absurd the VMAs as an institution, and screaming in various places.
Last year’s Irrational Man, as well as his other recent films, have been predictable and boring — essentially, remakes of older work. The best we can hope for from this joke project I wish I was making up is something to break the Allen tedium and freak the world out thoroughly.