Matt Lieberman

Matt Lieberman is an American screenwriter. He has written the screenplays and stories for Scoob!, The Addams Family, The Christmas Chronicles and its sequel, and Free Guy. He is represented by Creative Artists Agency and Lit Entertainment Group.[1][2]

Early and personal lifeEdit

Lieberman was born in Belleville, Illinois on Scott Air Force Base. He grew up in Randolph, New Jersey and is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.[3]

He is married to costume designer/stylist Maya Lieberman. They reside in Pacific Palisades, CA with their daughter.


Lieberman started his writing career in the Walt Disney Feature Writer's Program and has written on several projects in development including Short Circuit, Monopoly, Zombie Brother and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.[4][5]

Lieberman sold his spec script, 12/24, to Chris Columbus's 1492 Pictures in 2012, which later became The Christmas Chronicles.[6] Originally written as a found footage movie about two kids trying to capture Santa on video, Netflix picked up the script and Matt gave the Santa character a bigger part in the story for Kurt Russell.[7] Lieberman's spec script, Free Guy, was bought by 20th Century Fox and landed on the 2016 Black List.[8][9] The film was made starring Ryan Reynolds and released in 2021.

Most recently, Lieberman set deals for two big projects. Paramount Pictures preemptively acquired Yumanzu, a high concept family adventure pitch. He will write the script with Kenya Barris and Adam Kolbrenner set to produce.[10]

Warner Bros. acquired Meebo and Me, an original comedic family adventure spec script by Lieberman. He will produce the film along with Barris and Kolbrenner.[11]

Other projects in development for Lieberman include his spec script, Meet the Machines, for Lionsgate[12] and The Jetsons and Rin Tin Tin for Warner Bros. Pictures.[13][14]



Year Film Credit Notes
2008 Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief Screenplay by, story by with Kathleen Laccinole
2018 The Christmas Chronicles Screenplay by, story by with David Guggenheim
2019 The Addams Family Screenplay by, story by with Erica Rivinoja and Conrad Vernon
Playing with Fire Screenplay by with Dan Ewen
2020 Scoob! Screenplay by, story by with Adam Sztykiel & Jack Donaldson & Derek Elliott and Eyal Podell & Jonathon E. Stewart
The Christmas Chronicles 2 Writer with Chris Columbus
2021 Free Guy Screenplay by, story by with Zak Penn
Rumble Writer with Hamish Grieve


  1. ^ Bourassa, Angela. "Screenwriter Matt Lieberman Talks THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES 2, FREE GUY, and More". Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  2. ^ Galuppo, Mia. "Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo Joining John Cena in 'Playing With Fire' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  3. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony. "'Free Guy' & 'Christmas Chronicles' Scribe Matt Lieberman Signs With CAA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  4. ^ Trumbore, Dave. "New Scribe Assembled for SHORT CIRCUIT Reboot". Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin. "Channing Tatum's Production Banner and Tencent Pictures Team on 'Zombie Brother' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Chris Columbus' 1492 and Ocean Blue Make Spec Deal For Santa Claus Tale '12/24'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  7. ^ Hogan, Brianne. "Matt Lieberman On Specs and 'The Christmas Chronicles'". Final Draft. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  8. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. "Fox Buys 'Free Guy' Action Comedy From Matt Lieberman". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  9. ^ Hipes, Patrick. "The Black List 2016 Scripts: Madonna Biopic 'Blond Ambition' Leads Rankings". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  10. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. "Paramount Lands 'Yumanzu,' Pitch Package With 'Free Guy' Scribe Matt Lieberman; Kenya Barris & Adam Kolbrenner Producing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  11. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. "Warner Bros. Wins Spec Auction For Matt Lieberman-Scripted Family Film 'Meebo And Me'; Kenya Barris' Khalabo Ink Society Producing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  12. ^ N'Duka, Amanda. "Lionsgate Acquires Spec Script 'Meet the MacHines'; Temple Hill Attached To Produce". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  13. ^ McNary, Dave. "Animated 'Jetsons' Movie to Lift Off With 'Sausage Party' Director". Variety. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  14. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. "Warner Bros Revives 'Rin Tin Tin' With 'Addams Family' Scribe Matt Lieberman; Hero Hound Once Saved The Studio". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 1 July 2021.

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