Luke Greenfield (born February 5, 1972) is an American film director. Greenfield was born in Manhasset, New York and was raised in Westport, Connecticut. He is best known for writing (uncredited) and directing "The Girl Next Door" (2004 film). Greenfield directed the critically acclaimed television pilot, "Aliens in America" and produced the film, "Role Models". Currently, he has just written, produced and directed the upcoming 20th Century Fox film, "Let's Be Cops".
Greenfield wanted to be a film director since the age of ten after he was given a super 8 camera. He made films throughout the years and attended USC's School of Cinematic Arts. When he was 13, his mother wrote a passionate letter to Steven Spielberg, with it she enclosed Luke's films and asked Spielberg "Does my son have what it takes to make it?". Steven wrote back and encouraged Luke to go to film school.
In 1999, Luke co-wrote and directed the short film, "The Right Hook." Adam Sandler and producers, Todd Garner, Jack Giarraputo, and Greg Silverman saw an early cut of the short and gave Luke his first opportunity to direct a studio feature film called "The Animal" starring Rob Schneider. It was also Luke's first experience to direct a film he didn't co-write or write himself.
Right after "The Animal," Luke went back to co-writing and directing his own material with the edgy coming-of-age film, "The Girl Next Door." Rather than working with known movie stars, Luke wanted to work with new actors to capture a realistic authenticity. He and casting director, Mali Finn, searched for months to cast new faces that audiences had never seen before. "The Girl Next Door" gave many new actors their first start. The film starred Emile Hirsch, Paul Dano, Timothy Olyphant, Olivia Wilde, Chris Marquette and Elisha Cuthbert.
With the success of "The Girl Next Door," 20th Century Fox and New Regency gave Luke a first-look producing/directing deal, and in 2004, Luke created his own production company, WideAwake, Inc. Through this deal, Luke went to work and began creating the types of movies he had always wanted to make. His company also signed an overall television deal with 20th Century Fox Television in 2005.
In 2006, Luke directed the critically acclaimed television pilot, "Aliens in America" for NBC/Universal Studios. The pilot was picked up to series for an 18-episode commitment at the CW Network.
At the same time, Luke was developing a passion project from an original idea he had created with his producing partners called, "Big Brothers," (which would later be titled, "Role Models.") For over two years, Luke developed the screenplay, and in 2006, Luke went out and cast actors, Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott to play the two leads. At the time, the studio felt uncertain about the box-office potential of the two actors and Luke was asked to cast the movie with bigger stars. But Luke supported Rudd and Scott, and like the actors he cast in "The Girl Next Door," he believed they could carry the film successfully.
So Luke brought the project to Universal for him to produce and direct with Rudd and Scott attached to star. Luke also cast newcomer, Bobb'e J. Thompson, to play the wildly verbal, African-American little brother to Seann William Scott. But leading up to the day of shooting, the studio producers were constantly making massive changes to the direction of the film. They had changed the script so severely that it was no longer the movie Luke had originally brought to them. Since it was never going to resemble the film he had passionately developed for the last two years, Luke decided not to direct the film and produce the film only. "Role Models" was released in 2009.
While writing his next project to direct, he was approached by producer, Molly Smith, and best-selling author, Emily Giffin, to bring Giffin's world-renowned novel to the screen, "Something Borrowed." Luke was hooked by Giffin's story and the dynamic of the complicated friendship between the two best friends.
Beginning in 2011, Luke went back to co-writing and directing his own material. He co-wrote, produced and directed the 20th Century Fox film, "Let's Be Cops." The film just wrapped principal photography and will be released in the Spring of 2014.
- The Right Hook (2000, short)
- The Animal (2001)
- Go Sick (2002, TV movie)
- The Girl Next Door (2004)
- House Broken (2006, TV movie)
- 52 Fights (2006, TV movie)
- Aliens in America (2007, TV series; 2 episodes)
- Role Models (2009)
- The Law (2009, TV movie)
- Something Borrowed (2011)
- Prairie Dogs (2012, TV pilot)
- Let's Be Cops (2014)