Allison Burnett

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Allison Burnett
Born December 16, 1958
Ithaca, New York, US
Occupation Screenwriter, film director, novelist
Education Northwestern University, Juilliard
Notable works Undiscovered Gyrl,
Underworld Awakening,
Fame (2009),
Autumn in New York,
Christopher: A Tale of Seduction
Spouse Chloe King
Children 2

Allison Burnett is an American screenwriter, film director, and novelist.

Early life and education[edit]

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]


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.[15]

In 2011 Allison wrote the second sequel to his novel Christopher, titled Death By Sunshine, published by Writers Tribe Books.[16]

Allison Burnett released his fifth novel, The Escape of Malcolm Poe in 2014.,[17] 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[18]
2013 Ask Me Anything Also director, based on his novel Undiscovered Gyrl


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


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