Deep waters: erotic thriller starring Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck will not be released in theaters

The ex-couple will not have a promotional tour to do if it is offered directly in streaming.

Deep water (Deep waters, in French) was due out January 14, 2022 in US theaters, but last weekend, executives at Disney studios suddenly pulled it off the release schedule. An unsurprising decision given that no image of the project has yet filtered … The explanation is now officially given by Deadline : the firm prefers to broadcast it by streaming, via its Hulu platform, in the USA, and sells its foreign exploitation rights to Amazon Prime.

Why such a late cancellation? The studio is faced with a complicated situation at a time when the two leading actors of the film, Ana de Armas and Ben affleck, are no longer in a relationship. Together during the filming, they were caught in photos walking around Los Angeles after the shootings, between November 2019 and April 2020, but their relationship has since ended, and when it comes time to release this thriller, they would not want more. participate in its promotion. Because Adrian Lyne’s film is an erotic thriller, some explicit scenes of which would be embarrassing today to defend for the two actors. From a Patricia Highsmith novel, Deep waters indeed follows a free couple, explains the synopsis: “Victor and Melinda Van Allen live a loveless marriage and decide to spice things up by allowing themselves to take other lovers. But things turn badly and their games escalate: the people around them start to die. . ” The screenplay is signed Zach Helm (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Sam Levinson (Euphoria), and the direction was entrusted to Adrian Lyne, a director who has already filmed sulphurous stories: in 1988, he was nominated for the Oscars for another erotic thriller, carried by Glenn Close and Michael Douglas, that one , Fatal binding. In the same vein, he also staged Indecent Proposal, with Demi Moore and Robert Redford, in 1993, then an adaptation of Lolita worn by Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain and Melanie Griffith, four years later, and Unfaithful, with Diane Lane and Richard Gere, in 2002.

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By buying out 20th Century Fox, Disney ended up with this adult project that doesn’t quite fit into the studio’s usual genre, and it has been pushed back several times to find the best exit strategy. Offering this new film on a platform is easier for the firm, which will not need to organize a reunion between Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck, whether for a preview or interviews. Because since this summer, the 49-year-old actor is again in a relationship with Jennifer Lopez. Their union was officially announced by the star on her 52nd birthday, and they have since posed side-by-side on the red carpet of The Tender Bar, George Clooney’s upcoming film, starring Affleck.

Deadline finally discusses the possibility that Disney made this choice after the disappointing debut of the Last duel, by Ridley Scott, and West Side Story, at the box office, understood in Hollywood as “low scores in the adult film market”.

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