It’s time for director Woody Allen to say goodbye to his film career.
The 86-year-old Oscar winner has announced plans to retire once he has completed his 50th film in Europe.
The “Annie Hall” filmmaker told Spanish news outlet La Vanguardia about his next move on Saturday.
“My idea isn’t basically to do more films and focus on writing,” he said.
He noted that he plans to work more on publishing and writing books than films.
His latest feature film is titled Wasp 22 and will be shooting in Paris next month with a French cast.
Allen compared the new film to his 2005 film Match Point, describing it as “exciting, dramatic and also very scary.”
In June, Allen announced in an interview with Alec Baldwin that he was considering retiring.
“I’ll probably do at least one more film. A lot of the thrill is gone because it doesn’t have all the cinematic effect,” the director noted.
“When I started making a film, it went to theaters across the country and people would come in their hundreds to see it in large groups on a big screen,” he explained. “Now you do a movie and you get a couple of weeks in a theater — maybe six weeks, two weeks, whatever — and then it goes straight to streaming or straight to pay-per-view.”
The New York native said streaming has put a damper on him.
“So I’m not enjoying it as much as I used to. I don’t have the same fun making a film and getting it out in a theater,” he said. “I don’t have the same fun making a film and getting it out there. It was a nice feeling to know that 500 people saw it once.”
“I don’t know what I think about making films,” he added. “I’ll do another one and see how it feels. I have a feeling, yes, I’ll be working in film again – but maybe I’d like to turn to writing.”
There has been a backlash against Allen in recent years, as controversy resurfaced when the HBO documentary Allen v. Farrow” was released last year. His daughter Dylan Farrow, now 37, previously accused him of sexual abuse when she was 7.
While Allen denied the harassment allegations, calling them “absurd,” many actors have declined to work with him.