Woody Allen's 'Wonder Wheel' will be released in December

Woody Allen's streak of a movie per year will continue again this year with "Wonder Wheel." The release date, just released today, is particularly interesting given the fact that it will be released on December 1st, 2017. That's awards season. When's the last time a Woody Allen movie has been released this late in the game? 1999, when "Sweet and Lowdown" successfully nabbed Sean Penn a Best Actor nomination. Clearly Amazon Studios is seeing some awards potential with this new Woody.

No plot has been revealed just yet, but Variety has this about the starry cast:

"Amazon Studios is distributing “Wonder Wheel,” having previously worked with Allen on last year’s “Cafe Society.” That comedic drama went on to make $43.8 million globally. “Wonder Wheel’s” cast includes Jim Belushi, Juno Temple, Justin Timberlake, and Kate Winslet. A logline for the film says that it will contain “larger-than-life characters, lovers, infidelity, and gangsters.” It’s Winslet’s first time working with Allen. She was previously tapped for 2005’s “Match Point,” but had to drop out for family reasons."

In 1981, Allen's play The Floating Light Bulb opened on Broadway. The play was a critical success and a commercial flop. Despite two Tony Award nominations, a Tony win for the acting of Brian Backer (who won the 1981 Theater World Award and a Drama Desk Award for his work), the play only ran for 62 performances.

So, how many of these were acual great movies? I have counted 13 great movies out of the 35.

Woody Allen has directed a movie every year since 1982. I wonder what he did in his last "off" year, 1981. Courtesy of IMDB -

Café Society                                                                                                               2016
 2015Irrational Man 

 2014Magic in the Moonlight 

 2013Blue Jasmine 

 2012To Rome with Love 

 2011Midnight in Paris 

 2010You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 

 2009Whatever Works 

 2008Vicky Cristina Barcelona 

 2007Cassandra's Dream 


 2005Match Point 

 2004Melinda and Melinda 

 2003Anything Else 

 2002Hollywood Ending 

 2001Sounds from a Town I Love (TV Short) 

 2001The Concert for New York City (TV Special documentary) (segment "Sounds from the Town I Love") 

 2001The Curse of the Jade Scorpion 

 2000Small Time Crooks 

 1999Sweet and Lowdown 


 1997Deconstructing Harry 

 1996Everyone Says I Love You 

 1995Mighty Aphrodite 

 1994Don't Drink the Water (TV Movie) 

 1994Bullets Over Broadway 

 1993Manhattan Murder Mystery 

 1992Husbands and Wives 

 1991Shadows and Fog 


 1989Crimes and Misdemeanors 

 1989New York Stories (segment "Oedipus Wrecks") 

 1988Another Woman 


 1987Radio Days 

 1986Hannah and Her Sisters 

 1985The Purple Rose of Cairo 

 1984Broadway Danny Rose 


 1982A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy