James Wong (filmmaker)

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James Wong
Jim Wong by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born (1959-04-20) April 20, 1959 (age 56)
Hong Kong
Occupation Producer, writer, director
Years active 1985–present

James "Jim" Wong (Chinese: 黃毅瑜; Jyutping: Wong4 Ngai6 Jyu4; born April 20, 1959) is a Hong Kong-born American television producer, writer, and film director. He directed and wrote episodes of The X-Files and Millennium. He is the co-creator and co-writer, along with Glen Morgan of Space: Above and Beyond.

In film he has directed Final Destination, Final Destination 3, The One, and the remakes of Willard, Dragonball Evolution, and Black Christmas, along with writing partner Glen Morgan.

Early life[edit]

Wong was born in Hong Kong, China 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 Apocalypse Now at the 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.


With Morgan, he co-wrote The Boys Next Door. After this Wong became a story editor on the short-lived ABC crime drama Knightwatch. Later, with Morgan, Wong would work on many Stephen J. Cannell productions, including Wiseguy (as supervising producer), The Commish (as supervising producer), and as a staff writer and story editor for 21 Jump Street and its spinoff, Booker.

Wong and Morgan began working with Chris Carter on the science fiction/drama The X-Files, about two FBI agents investigating the 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 Millennium. Later, they would go on to executive produce the short-lived NBC paranormal series The Others.

In 2000, Wong directed Final Destination, a film he co-wrote with Glen Morgan. Wong followed the directorial debut with The One (2001), an action film starring Jet Li, and with more horror films, including Willard (2003), directed by Glen Morgan and starring Crispin Glover, and a second sequel, Final Destination 3 (2006). In late 2006, Wong and Morgan's remake of Black Christmas was released; the script was by Wong and Morgan and the film was directed by Morgan.

Wong directed the live-action movie adaptation of the Anime and Manga media franchise Dragonball in 2009, the movie showed poor ratings from various Movie critic websites.


Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
1985 The Boys Next Door No No Yes
2000 Final Destination Yes No Yes
2001 The One Yes Yes Yes
2003 Willard No Yes No
2006 Final Destination 3 Yes Yes Yes
2006 Black Christmas No Yes Yes
2009 Dragonball Evolution Yes No Yes Uncredited Screenplay


Personal life[edit]

James Wong is married to Teena Wong, with whom he has three children. They reside in California.[citation needed]


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