Greg Mottola most recently directed the comedy Paul for Universal/Working Title, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Bill Hader, and Kristen Wiig. This is the follow up to the coming-of-age comedy/drama Adventureland, which Mottola wrote/directed, and starred Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Martin Starr and Ryan Reynolds. Before that, he directed the comedy Superbad, produced by Judd Apatow and starring Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Seth Rogen and Bill Hader. He was also the writer and director of the independent movie The Daytrippers (1997), starring Hope Davis, Parker Posey, Liev Schreiber, Anne Meara, Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci. The Daytrippers was chosen for the Cannes Film Festival and was awarded the audience and jury prizes at the Deauville American Films Festival.
Mottola also directed several episodes of the Judd Apatow television series Undeclared and episodes of Arrested Development and HBO’s The Comeback. His next project is to adapt Leanne Shapton’s book “Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry,” for Plan B Productions and Paramount Pictures, to star Natalie Portman.
Mottola attended graduate film school at Columbia University, where he studied with Sidney Lumet, David Mamet and George Roy Hill. He has also acted in the Woody Allen movies Celebrity and Hollywood Ending.