Good news for Woody Allen: he may not need to turn to Kickstarter to fund his next film. Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes has told Brazilian newspaper O Globo that he will pay “100% of the production” of Woody Allen’s next film. The mayor only has one condition: the American filmmaker brings his next production to Rio.
Allen has built a filmmaking career around the cities in which he directs his movies. From the iconic Manhattan set in his beloved New York to the more recent European outings of Midnight in Paris and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Allen continually paints vivid portraits of some of the world’s most famous cities as the backdrops for his films.
Now, Paes has offered to pay “whatever it takes” to get Allen to shoot in his town. And even despite recent uprisings among citizens upset over government spending on the upcoming World Cup and Summer Olympics, Paes is prepared to accept the criticisms from locals for giving Allen “the millions” he would need.