James Wong (filmmaker)
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Wong at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International
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|Occupation||Producer, writer, director|
James Wong (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 and has written episodes for American Horror Story. He is the co-creator and co-writer, along with Glen Morgan of Space: Above and Beyond. He is also the founder of Hard Eight Pictures.
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 improvisational 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 produced.
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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.
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.
During 1995, both Wong and Morgan were hired by producer Joel Silver to write the third intended Tales From The Crypt movie called Body Count. Their script was loved by executive producers Silver, Richard Donner, Walter Hill, David Giler and Robert Zemeckis but the main producers Gilbert Adler and A L Katz hated it and Universal thought it would be too expensive to shoot.
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.
|1985||The Boys Next Door||No||No||Yes|
|2006||Final Destination 3||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2009||Dragonball Evolution||Yes||No||Yes||uncredited as writer|
- Booker (writer, story writer) (1989–1990)
- 21 Jump Street (writer, story editor) (1989–1990)
- Wiseguy (supervising producer) (1990)
- The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage (producer) (1991)
- The Commish (writer, supervising producer) (1991–1993)
- The X-Files (director, writer, co-executive producer, consulting producer) (1993–1997)
- Space: Above and Beyond (co-creator, writer) (1995–1996)
- Millennium (executive producer, consulting producer, writer) (1996–1998)
- The Others (executive producer, writer) (2000)
- Tower Prep (director – Episode: "Whisper") (2010)
- THE EVƎNT (director – Episode: "Arrival"; writer, co-executive producer) (2010–2011)
- American Horror Story (writer, co-executive producer) (2011–present)
- Rosemary's Baby (Writer) (2014)
- The X-Files (director, writer) (2016)
- "Hard Eight Pictures, Production Company". ProductionBeast.
- Chris Carter Talks About Passing “The X-Files” Colonization Date (2012); Reveals Returning Cast!
- The X-Files first season episode's Eve character of Teena Simmons/Eve 9, was named after her.