On Monday an announcement was made by Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, that Woody Allen’s memoir would be released on April 7, 2020. Hachette said the book would be released in Canada, Italy, France, Germany, and Spain, with other releases around the world. By Friday the publisher canceled it. Talk about a quick change of mind.
It’s been reported that Woody Allen secured a multimillion-dollar deal with Penguin in 2003 but he backed out of it. By 2018 his representative was looking for a book deal but by then the #MeToo movement was a factor so publishers took a pass. The New York Times reported ‘In the last year, Allen quietly tried to sell a memoir, according to executives at four major publishing houses, only to be met with indifference or hard passes.’ Because of Woody Allen’s personal history with allegations of molesting his adopted daughter with Mia Farrow, Dylan, and his marriage to Farrow’s adopted daughter, Soon-Yi, let’s just say it’s complicated. In March 2019 a deal was made after publisher and SVP Ben Sevier read a completed draft of the book.
Dylan’s brother Ronan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of a book of his #MeToo reporting in the Harvey Weinstein case. Ronan’s book was published by a subsidiary of the Hachette Book Group. He immediately voiced his disapproval and ended his relationship with Hachette when the announcement was made. He called their decision “a betrayal” in an email. “Your policy of editorial independence among your […]