Woody Allen'snext film finally has a title: Scoop.
The film, knownfor months as the Woody Allen Summer Project, or WASP, shot in London this summer and iscurrently in post-production. Delivery is expected in summer 2006.
ScarlettJohansson, who also stars in Allen's London-set Match Point, plays an American journalism studentvisiting London who investigates a series of murders and falls in love with adashing Englishman (Hugh Jackman). Ian McShane plays a man who eggs her on inher sleuthing and Allen plays a man posing as her father.
After taking abreak from acting in Melinda and Melinda and Match Point, Scoopwill mark Allen's first on-screen appearance since 2003's Anything Else. "It so happens that in this next filmthere is a very good part for me to play and I'm going to play it," the69-year-old director said during Cannes 2005.
Letty Aronsonand Gareth Wiley are producing. Allen is again working with BBC Films for Scoop, as he did with Match Point.
UK-based salescompany HanWay is selling Scoop at this week's AFM in Los Angeles, and describes the film as "alight comedy about love, sex, suspense and murder." HanWay also has rights to MatchPoint.
Scoop's festival launch plans are too early topredict, although it is unlikely to be ready for Berlin in February.