Allison Burnett

Allison Burnett (born December 16, 1958) is an American screenwriter, film director, and novelist.

Allison Burnett
BornDecember 16, 1958
Ithaca, New York, US
OccupationScreenwriter, film director, novelist
EducationNorthwestern University, Juilliard
Notable worksUndiscovered Gyrl,
Underworld Awakening,
Fame (2009),
Autumn in New York,
Christopher: A Tale of Seduction
SpouseChloe King (divorced)

Early life and educationEdit

Allison Burnett was born in Ithaca, New York. He graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois[1] before attending Juilliard where he studied playwriting.[2]



Allison's first screenplay to be produced was the kick-boxing prison drama, Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight (1992),[3] which he co-wrote with Charles Mattera. He also wrote Gregory Hines' directorial debut, Bleeding Hearts (1994),[4] and the film Red Meat (1997), which he directed, starring John Slattery, Jennifer Grey, and Lara Flynn Boyle that had its first world premiere on Sundance Channel.[5]


Allison's next film was Autumn in New York (2000), starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder.[6] This was followed by the Lifetime Original Movie Perfect Romance (2004),[7] Feast of Love (2007) based on the book by Charles Baxter and starring Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear,[8] and Resurrecting the Champ (2007), written with Michael Bortman and starring Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett.[9] In 2008, Allison wrote, with Robert Fyvolent and Mark Brinker, the crime thriller Untraceable (2008) starring Diane Lane.[10] The following year, Allison wrote the remake of Fame.[11]


Allison had two films released in 2012. The first was Underworld Awakening (2012), co-written with Len Wiseman, John Hlavin, and J. Michael Straczynski, the fourth film in the Underworld series starring Kate Beckinsale. The following month, Gone (2012) was released, starring Amanda Seyfried.[12]

In 2013 Allison directed his second film, Ask Me Anything (2013) based on his novel Undiscovered Gyrl.[13] The film stars Britt Robertson, Justin Long, Christian Slater, Robert Patrick, and Martin Sheen.[14]

In 2019 Allison directed the sequel to 'Ask Me Anything', Another Girl, starring Sammi Hanratty, based on his 2015 novella of the same name. [15]


Allison's first novel, Christopher: A Tale of Seduction was published in 2003 by Broadway Books. It was a finalist for the 2004 Pen Center Literary Award.[1]

In 2006, Allison wrote a sequel to Christopher titled The House Beautiful, published by Carroll & Graf, followed in 2009 by the novel Undiscovered Gyrl, published by Vintage Books.[16]

In 2011 Allison wrote the second sequel to his novel Christopher, titled Death By Sunshine, published by Writers Tribe Books.[17]

Allison Burnett released his fifth novel, The Escape of Malcolm Poe in 2014.,[18] as well as a sequel novella to Undiscovered Gyrl titled Another Girl in 2015.


Year Title Notes
1992 Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight With Charles Mattera
1994 Bleeding Hearts Directorial debut of Gregory Hines
1997 Red Meat Also director
2000 Autumn in New York
2004 Perfect Romance TV movie
2007 Feast of Love Based on the novel by Charles Baxter
2007 Resurrecting the Champ With Michael Bortman
Based on the LA Times article by J.R. Moehringer
2008 Untraceable With Robert Fyvolent and Mark Brinker
2009 Fame Remake of Fame
2012 Underworld Awakening With Len Wiseman, John Hlavin, and J. Michael Straczynski
Fourth installment in Underworld series
2012 Gone
2012 Step One Short film[19]
2013 Ask Me Anything Also director, based on his novel Undiscovered Gyrl
2020 Another Girl Also director, based his novella of the same name, sequel to Ask Me Anything


Year Title Publisher Notes
2003 Christopher: A Tale of Seduction Broadway Books Finalist in Fiction, 2004 Pen Center USA Award
2006 The House Beautiful Carroll & Graf Sequel to Christopher: A Tale of Seduction
2009 Undiscovered Gyrl Vintage Books Adapted into film, directed by the author
2011 Death by Sunshine Writers Tribe Books Second sequel to Christopher: A Tale of Seduction
2014 The Escape of Malcolm Poe Writers Tribe Books
2015 Another Girl Allison Burnett Sequel novella to Undiscovered Gyrl


  1. ^ a b Allison Burnett (Author of Undiscovered Gyrl)
  2. ^ Screenplays that Sell: Secrets to Conquering the Studio Spec Market
  3. ^ Bloodfist III
  4. ^ New York Times Movies Production Credits, Bleeding Hearts
  5. ^ Sundance bites into 'Red Meat' indie channel buys Burnett's debut pic
  6. ^ Holden, Stephen. "FILM REVIEW; May–December Romance? Or Simply Hot and Cold?", The New York Times, New York, 12 August 2000.
  7. ^ Moss, Marilyn. "Perfect Romance", The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles, 6 June 2004.
  8. ^ New York Times Review, What Kind of Fool Is Love? No Matter, the Search Is On
  9. ^ New York Times Review, Heroes and Has-Beens in Redemption City
  10. ^ "Interview: A Chat with 'Untraceable' Screenwriter Allison Burnett". Archived from the original on 2014-05-18. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
  11. ^ Screenwriter for ‘Fame’ Remake Pledges Not to Make Stinker
  12. ^ Allison Burnett Brings Stories to the Big Screen
  13. ^ CANNES: Britt Robertson’s Thriller ‘Ask Me Anything’ Gets U.S. Distribution
  14. ^ Christian Slater, Justin Long Join 'Undiscovered Gyrl'
  15. ^ IMDb: Another Girl
  16. ^ "Allison Burnett | Writers Tribe Books". Archived from the original on 2013-07-17. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
  17. ^ "Los Angeles Review of Books, Robin Russin on Death By Sunshine". Archived from the original on 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
  18. ^ "The Escape of Malcolm Poe, Writers Tribe Books". Archived from the original on 2014-10-18. Retrieved 2014-10-18.
  19. ^ Step One Kickstarter Page

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