Wan was one of the youngest students ever to be accepted into the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's highly respected film and media school in Australia, where he first met Whannell and together they started creating and developing the world and characters that would become known as Saw, now the most successful horror movie series of all time as named this year by the Guinness World Records.
Wan directed the first Saw, which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and stars multi-award winning Danny Glover and Cary Elwes. Lionsgate released Saw in October 2004 and has subsequently released a new installment every October since, with the latest installment, Saw 3D (Saw VII), coming out this October. Wan remains an executive producer on the franchise. Dead Silence, Wan's second feature film, was released by Universal Pictures in March 2006. Wan's third feature film Death Sentence, an action packed revenge thriller starring Kevin Bacon, was released by Fox in 2007. In 2008, Wan co-created, produced and directed a comedy short film Doggie Heaven as part of a slate of original programming which premiered on XBOX Live Marketplace. Wan's other credits include creative consultant on the SAW video game and co-creator and director of Loved Ones, a trailer for EA's Dead Space. Wan received the Greg Tepper Award in 2004, a prestigious award for outstanding achievement in Film.
Read earlier biographies on this page.
James Wan Facts