Woody Allen is serious about leaving cinema behind.
In an interview with the Spanish publication La Vanguardia, published Saturday, the Oscar-winning director said he plans to focus more on his writing career after production wraps on his next film.
“My idea, in principle, is not to make more movies and focus on writing,” Allen told the outlet, adding he’s planning on writing a novel. “My next film will be my 50th: I think that’s a good time to stop.”
USA TODAY has reached out to Allen’s representative for comment.
Allen’s last directorial feature was the 2020 romantic comedy “Rifkin’s Festival,” starring Wallace Shawn, Michael Garvey and Damian Chapa. That same year, he also co-wrote the screenplay for the Wei Zhao short film “The Theater.”
In 2020, Allen was set to publish his memoir “Apropos of Nothing,” but the release was canceled when employees voiced their complaints. “Apropos of Nothing” was published by the small press Arcade instead of Hatchette, who also released his collection of short stories, “Zero Gravity,” this summer.
Woody Allen tells Alec Baldwinhe’ll ‘probably make at least one more movie’
This isn’t the first time Allen has talked about retiring from filmmaking.