April 20, 1959
Producer, writer, director
James "Jim" Wong ( Traditional Chinese: 黃毅瑜; Cantonese: Wong4 Ngai6 Jyu4; born April 20, 1959) is a Hong Kong-born American television producer, writer, and film director notable for his screen works of , The X-Files , Space: Above and Beyond , Millennium , Dragonball Evolution , Final Destination 1 & 3 , and the remakes of The One and Willard along with writing partner Black Christmas Glen Morgan.
Early life [ edit ]
Wong was born in Hong Kong, and moved to the United States along with his family at age 10 to
San Diego, California. During his youth, he met his future writing partner Glen Morgan at El Cajon Valley High School. Later on, he went to Loyola Marymount University, joining a comedy improv group. Originally seeking a major in engineering, he later switched to a film major after seeing at the Apocalypse Now Cinerama Dome. After graduating, he landed a job as an assistant to Sandy Howard. During this time, both Wong and Morgan wrote screenplays, eventually having one.
Writing career with Morgan [ edit ]
With Morgan, he co-wrote
. After this Wong became a story editor on the short-lived The Boys Next Door ABC crime drama . Later, with Morgan, Wong would work on many Knightwatch Stephen J. Cannell productions, including (as supervising producer), Wiseguy (as supervising producer), and as a staff writer and story editor for The Commish and its spinoff, 21 Jump Street . Booker
Wong and Morgan began working with
Chris Carter on the science fiction/drama , about two FBI agents investigating the The X-Files paranormal, filmed in Vancouver.
In 1995, Wong and Morgan were offered an $8 million, four-year contract deal with
20th Century Fox Television to write and produce television series. As part of this deal, Morgan and Wong went on to create the short-lived series . Space: Above and Beyond
They returned to
The X-Files briefly in its fourth season (1996–1997) when they wrote the horror episode "Home." Wong also made his television directing debut with the conspiracy-themed "Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man," written by Morgan. Wong and Morgan also took on production and writing duties for Carter's . Later, they would go on to executive produce the short-lived Millennium NBC paranormal series . The Others
In 2000, Wong directed
, a film he co-wrote with Glen Morgan. Wong followed the directorial debut with Final Destination (2001), an action film starring The One Jet Li, and with more horror films, including (2003), directed by Glen Morgan and starring Willard Crispin Glover, and a second sequel, (2006). In late 2006, Wong and Morgan's remake of Final Destination 3 was released; the script was by Wong and Morgan and the film was directed by Morgan. Wong directed the Black Christmas live-action movie adaptation of the popular media franchise Dragonball in 2009.
Filmography [ edit ]
Television [ edit ]
(1989–1990) (Writer, story writer) Booker
(1990) (Supervising producer) Wiseguy
(1989–1990) (Writer, story editor) 21 Jump Street
(1991) (Producer) The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage
(1991–1993) (Writer, supervising producer) The Commish
(1993–1997) (Director, writer, co-executive producer, consulting producer) The X-Files
(1995–1996) (Co-creator, writer) Space: Above and Beyond
(1996–1998) (Executive producer, consulting producer, writer) Millennium
(2000) (Executive producer, writer) The Others
(2010) (Director: Whisper) Tower Prep
(2010–2011) (Director: Arrival, writer, co-executive producer) The Event
(2011–present) (Writer, co-executive producer) American Horror Story
Personal life [ edit ]
James Wong is married to Teena Wong, with whom he has three children. They reside in California.
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