Scott Neustadter
Neustadter at the Kelly Writers House in 2016
Born1977 (age 46–47)
EducationAtlantic City High School
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
London School of Economics
Occupation(s)Screenwriter and producer
Notable work500 Days of Summer
Lauren Rachelle Levy
(m. 2010)

Scott Eric Neustadter[1] (/njˈstætər/;[2] born 1977) is an American screenwriter and producer. He often works with his writing partner, Michael H. Weber. The two writers are best known for writing the screenplay for the romantic comedy film 500 Days of Summer. The film is based on two real relationships Neustadter had.[3] They also wrote the screenplays for the film adaptations of the novels The Spectacular Now, The Fault in Our Stars, and Paper Towns.

For writing The Disaster Artist, Neustadter and Weber were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. They also created the television series Friends with Benefits, which lasted one season.

Life and career

Neustadter was born and raised in a Jewish family[4] in Margate City, New Jersey, the son of Anne (née Goldberg) and Michael J. Neustadter.[1] He attended Atlantic City High School, University of Pennsylvania and graduate studies at The London School of Economics and The University of Southern California.[citation needed]

At age 25, Neustadter moved to study in Los Angeles, California, and shortly thereafter moved to Santa Monica, where he currently resides.[citation needed]

Neustadter and Weber wrote the script for The Disaster Artist (2017), the adaptation of the book of the same name.[5] They also wrote Our Souls at Night, an adaptation of Kent Haruf's final novel of the same name, for Netflix, with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda playing the lead roles, the first movie they have made together since 1979's The Electric Horseman.[6]

They are adapting The Rosie Project.[7]

Neustadter has been married to Lauren Rachelle Levy since October 9, 2010.[1] The couple has one son and one daughter.



Year Title Writer Executive
2009 500 Days of Summer Yes No Marc Webb
The Pink Panther 2 Yes No Harald Zwart
2013 The Spectacular Now Yes Yes James Ponsoldt
2014 The Fault in Our Stars Yes No Josh Boone
2015 Paper Towns Yes Yes Jake Schreier
2017 The Disaster Artist[5] Yes Yes James Franco
Our Souls at Night[6] Yes No Ritesh Batra
2022 Rosaline Yes No Karen Maine


Year Title Writer Executive
Creator Notes
2011 Friends with Benefits Yes Yes Yes
2023 Daisy Jones & the Six Yes Yes Developer Miniseries


(500) Days of Summer

The Spectacular Now

The Disaster Artist


  1. ^ a b c Mallozzi, Vincent M. (October 8, 2010). "Lauren Levy, Scott Neustadter". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  2. ^ "Scott Neustadter for ERIN'S VOICE by Greg Sullivan". The Black List. December 15, 2014. Archived from the original on December 15, 2021. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  3. ^ "Scott Neustadter". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2009. Archived from the original on July 27, 2009. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  4. ^ Jewish News of Northern California: "Summer romance takes a caustic turn for Jewish screenwriters" August 7, 2009
  5. ^ a b "Fault in Our Stars Scribes Are Disaster Artist Screenwriters -/Film". September 8, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Fleming, Mike Jr. (September 13, 2015). "Robert Redford, Jane Fonda Teaming At Netflix On 'Our Souls At Night'". Deadline. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (September 23, 2014). "'Rosie Project' Has Lord & Miller Circling To Helm Neustadter & Weber Script". Retrieved September 29, 2016.