Is Woody Allen planning on using Europe as a base for the remainder of his career?

The Hollywood Reporter has run a story from an Italian newspaper which is claiming that Allen has Rome in mind for the location of his new film, which is due to start shooting this coming summer. The director has been notorious tight-lipped about his projects in the past, and his intended 41st feature is no exception.

“I’m too superstitious to do that at this stage. I’m still at the screenplay stage, and so it would be silly to say more.”

Allen has now made four features in the UK (Match Point, Scoop, Cassandra’s Dream and the recent You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger), Spain (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), and now France (Midnight in Paris, which will be the opening film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and a memorable sequence by the Seine at the close of Everyone Says I Love You).

Wonder if the likes of Daniel Brühl and Franka Potente are already brushing up on their English in anticipation of Allen potentially moving further afield for his second feature of the year?