As a teenager, he spent a large portion of his time creating kung fu-themed Super 8 movies with his friends. He later went on to attend the French film school Idhec, where he created his first short film, Silver Slime. He later spent time as a film critic before co-directing his first film, Necronomicon.
Gans was to write and direct the Capcom video game Onimusha, however, after several setbacks he abandoned it and is now attached to the French film Fantômas. He initially was to direct a sequel to Silent Hill, but later pulled out and was replaced by Michael J. Bassett.