Jim Thomas (screenwriter)
James E. Thomas
James E. Thomas is an American screenwriter based in California. With his brother John Thomas, he wrote and/or was substantially involved with the screenplays of several films - including Predator (1987), The Rescue (1988), Predator 2 (1990), Two-Fisted Tales (1992), Executive Decision (1996), Wild Wild West (1999), Mission to Mars (2000), Behind Enemy Lines (2001) and the short-lived TV series Hard Time on Planet Earth.
Born in Needles, California and raised in Bakersfield, Jim worked as lifeguard, teacher, ditch digger and carpenter, attended law school and work as a grip and soundman in low-budget features. In 1983, he had the idea that would become Predator and asked his brother for help in developing a script.