Amazon has acquired the North American rights to Woody Allen's next movie, a still-untitled romantic comedy shot last year that stars Steve Carell, Jeannie Berlin, Blake Lively, and Jesse Eisenberg, among others. As part of the deal, the movie will come to Amazon's Prime Video streaming service exclusively, after a regular release that will see it arrive in theaters this summer.
Allen and Amazon already have an existing working relationship: the director is creating his first TV show for the company, set to debut on Amazon Prime Video this year. The retail giant has been following a specific strategy with its movie acquisitions, making deals for smaller movies from cult directors, including Spike Lee — whose Chi-Raq appeared on Amazon Prime last year — and indie favorite Jim Jarmusch, whose new movie will star The Force Awakens' Adam Driver. Woody Allen is perhaps the ultimate figure in this field of quirky auteurs, and Amazon's deal — which Deadline says hit eight figures — was apparently good enough to tempt him away from long-time partner Sony Pictures Classic.