JONATHAN LEVINE (Director): A filmmaker whose movies cross
genres and tone, Jonathan Levine's films are able to be funny, sad, bold,
grounded and magical all at once. His work plays within tropes and turns them
upside down, to deliver something both unexpected and wholly satisfying. Levine
takes films that could be pedantic in the hands of others, and instead crafts
entertaining, thoughtful and often moving films, reflecting a specific period in
life audiences can relate to and enjoy.
Levine is currently in post-production on the highly anticipated Untitled
Mother-Daughter Comedy which was written by Katie Dippold and will star Amy
Schumer and Goldie Hawn. The film will mark Hawn's first film in more than 10
years, and is set to be released May 12, 2017 by Fox. For TV, Levine recently
directed the pilot of the highly anticipated dark comedy, I'M DYING UP HERE, set
in the infamous L.A. stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s. The show, which stars
and is executive produced by Jim Carrey, was recently greenlit at Showtime.
Most recently, Levine directed and co-wrote THE NIGHT BEFORE which was released
by Sony in November 2015. The film, Levine's second collaboration with Seth
Rogen and Evan Goldberg, starred Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie.
Additionally, Levine served as a producer on the comedy MIKE AND DAVE NEED
WEDDING DATES starring Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam Devine and Aubrey Plaza,
which was released by Fox in September.
Previously, Jonathan released the feature film adaptation of the novel WARM
BODIES by Isaac Marion for Lionsgate in February 2013. The film opened to both
mass critical and commercial acclaim, and has grossed over $115 million
worldwide. In 2011, Levine completed direction on 50/50 for Mandate Pictures.
The critically-acclaimed and Golden Globe nominated film is based on
screenwriter Will Reiser's story and was released that September by Summit
Entertainment. The film, which stars Joseph Gordon Levitt, Seth Rogen, Bryce
Dallas Howard and Anna Kendrick, follows the story of Adam Lerner, played by
Levitt, who at 25 is diagnosed with a rare type of cancer.
Levine made his feature directorial debut with ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE,
which was later released by The Weinstein Co. in October 2013. Levine's second
feature and his first as both writer and director was 2008's THE WACKNESS, which
won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and LA Film Festival.
Starring Ben Kingsley and Josh Peck, the film also earned Levine an Independent
Spirit Award nomination for Best First Screenplay. It was released in July 2008
from Sony Pictures Classics.
Born and raised in New York City, Jonathan Levine has been making films since
the age of 12. Following his graduation from Brown University's Art/Semiotics
program, he worked in New York as personal assistant to renowned writer/director
Paul Schrader. In 2002, Jonathan moved to Los Angeles to attend the AFI
Conservatory as a director.
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