Allan Loeb

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Allan Loeb
Born (1969-07-25) July 25, 1969 (age 49)
Highland Park, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationScreenwriter, Movie Producer, Television Creator/Producer
Alma materIthaca College
Notable works21
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Allan Loeb (born July 25, 1969) is an American screenwriter and film and television producer. He wrote the 2007 film Things We Lost in the Fire and created the 2008 television series New Amsterdam. He wrote the film drama 21, which also was released in 2008. Among his other credits, he wrote and produced The Switch (2010). He also co-wrote Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), and wrote The Dilemma (2011), and Just Go with It (2011). He performed a rewrite for the musical Rock of Ages (2012), and the mixed martial arts comedy Here Comes the Boom (2012).

Life and career[edit]

Loeb was born to a Jewish family[1] in Highland Park, Illinois,[2] the son of Elsie and Henry Loeb. He attended Ithaca College in New York from 1988 to 1992,[3] dropping out to work at the Chicago Board of Trade.[2] He relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1993 to pursue a career in screenwriting.[3][4] In 2004, after graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles,[5] he moved to New York to write the script for The Only Living Boy in New York, which was eventually made into a 2017 film. Loeb returned to Los Angeles and continued writing his script with the help of Little Miss Sunshine producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa. He also joined Gamblers Anonymous to address his gambling addiction, which he claims changed his writing for the better.[4] Around this time, Loeb began work on his next script, Things We Lost in the Fire.

By December 2005, both scripts landed in the top four spots in the inaugural Black List of the Best Unproduced Scripts in Hollywood. Loeb parlayed that into one of the hottest streaks of any writer in recent history. In 2006, Loeb landed 6 movie script deals as well as 3 TV shows that he and his Scarlet Fire Entertainment producing partner (and former writing partner) Steven Pearl sold to Fox and FX in 2007, one of which was New Amsterdam.[4]

Things We Lost in the Fire was met with mixed reviews and was a box office failure grossing only around $8 million worldwide. In 2008, Loeb shared 'screenplay' credit with Peter Steinfeld on the film 21 (2008 film), produced by and starring Kevin Spacey. In 2010, Loeb wrote The Switch,[4] which premiered in August 2010. The film received relatively poor reviews and grossed nearly $50 million worldwide. He also co-wrote Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps directed by Oliver Stone. The film got generally good reviews and earned $135 million worldwide at the box office. In addition, he wrote a pair of 2011 films, The Dilemma and Just Go With It, which grossed $67 and $215 million, respectively.

Loeb rewrote the $75 million 1980s rock musical Rock of Ages, starring Tom Cruise, which Loeb received a shared 'screenplay' credit on. The film was a box office disappointment grossing only $56 million worldwide upon its release in June 2012. Additionally Loeb co-wrote, along with Kevin James, the script to the mixed martial arts comedy Here Comes the Boom.

His later deals included setting up a television production company Dark Fire with Ryan Reynolds where they have a first look deal with Fox. They are developing a pair of shows including the animated series And Then There Was Gordon which Loeb is co-creator, writer of the pilot script and executive producer. And Guidance which Loeb and Reynolds are executive producers.[citation needed] They're also developing the mother-daughter gumshoe series Murder in Manhattan, another sitcom set in an airport hotel, and another animated series Lowe Rollers. For those projects, Loeb and Reynolds will serve as executive producers. He is now writing the pilot script, creating and executing producing the gambling addict single camera sitcom All In which is currently in pre-production at Fox Television for a pilot to premiere by late 2013.[citation needed]

Loeb also rewrote the 2015 earthquake disaster 3D project San Andreas at New Line Cinema, and the action comedy The Machine, with Vin Diesel attached to produce and star at MGM. He has also signed on to rewrite the action adventure project, The Leading Man, for Universal, based on the comic book series. These are just the most recent of the more than two dozen movie scripts that Allan Loeb has in development around Hollywood. Loeb is also attached to developing at least a half dozen other projects in both film and television as a producer.

Among the many movie projects Loeb has in development, including the remake of Escape From New York, which he did a rewrite for at New Line Cinema, an action comedy he is writing and producing with Neal H. Moritz titled The Charm Artists over at Columbia, the spec supernatural thriller Visibility he sold to Motion Picture Corporation of America in the fall of 2010, a baseball comedy with Bradley Cooper at Disney titled Late in the Count, which he is writing and producing, an adaptation of the novel Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life with Robert Downey Jr. attached to produce and star, a Ryan Reynolds-led cross dressing comedy titled A Boy Named Sue, a Mark Wahlberg-led comedy Avon Man which he is rewriting, just to name a few. As of November 2012, Loeb was shopping around his latest spec script The Trust List, an action thriller about M:I 6, the British Intelligence agency. As of March 2013, Allan Loeb has signed on to pen the remake of the 2008 Swedish hit dramedy Patrik, Age 1.5, which Fox 2000 is producing under the title Patrick 1.5.

In 2015, Allan Loeb's long-developing script Out of This World, a project he had been writing since 2007, finally moved forward. Retitled The Space Between Us, the film was released in 2017. Loeb also landed two new deals that year. He sold his spec script, Collateral Beauty (2016), to Palm Star Media; the project attracted the attention of Hugh Jackman and Johnny Depp, before landing Will Smith in the lead.[6][7] Loeb then landed the adaptation assignment of the novel Q for Lions Gate, for an undisclosed seven figure deal.

In a career that began back in the 1990s, Allan Loeb has been a part of more than 60 projects as a writer and or producer, in both film and television.

Personal life[edit]

Loeb was a compulsive gambler from the age of ten until he joined Gamblers Anonymous in 2005, claiming: "Literally the minute I quit gambling my writing changed. It was magical. I had been giving so much emotional energy to gambling that only half of myself was out there writing. Gambling was a time suck, an energy suck, a creativity suck. I started going to GA meetings every Thursday night, and the writing flourished. It had so much more energy and passion."[4] He lost up to $30,000 to his gambling addiction in a single weekend and he was eventually left with $150,000 in credit-card debt.[4] Loeb is a keen follower of rock band Grateful Dead, which he compares to the film industry in its fanbase.[2]


Year Title Writer Producer Notes
2007 Things We Lost in the Fire Yes Yes Executive Producer
2008 21 Yes No Co-wrote with Peter Steinfeld
2010 The Switch Yes Yes Co-Producer
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Yes No Co-wrote with Stephen Schiff
2011 The Dilemma Yes No
Just Go with It Yes No Co-wrote with Timothy Dowling
2012 Rock of Ages Yes No Co-wrote with Chris D'Arienzo and Justin Theroux
Here Comes the Boom Yes No Co-wrote with Kevin James
So Undercover Yes Yes Co-wrote with Steven Pearl
2015 The Abandoned No Yes Executive Producer
2016 Collateral Beauty Yes Yes
2017 The Space Between Us Yes Yes Executive Producer
Co-wrote with Stewart Schill and Richard Barton Lewis
The Only Living Boy in New York Yes No

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  1. ^ Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation: "Jews in the News: Jason Fuchs, David Frankel and Joseph Gorden-Levitt" December 10, 2016
  2. ^ a b c Elder, Robert K. (October 18, 2007). "Screen Scene: Highland Park's Allan Loeb took his time creating 'Fire'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2008-05-05.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b Lynch, Dianne (October 12, 2005). "Ever write a script? Ever want to?". All Things Park. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Fernandez, Jay A. (September 27, 2006). "Former gambler now in the chips". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
  5. ^ "21: Production Notes". Sony Pictures Entertainment. 2008. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
  6. ^ "Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara to Star in Indie Drama 'Collateral Beauty'". TheWrap. 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  7. ^ 'Collateral Beauty' Review: Forgive the great cast for they knew not what they did: December 17, 2016

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