Full Biography

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Writer/Producer Koji Steven Sakai, a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Masters of Professional Writing program, is the founder of Little Nalu Pictures LLC. His film and television projects have played on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Peacock, Paramount+, Roku, and Tubi. In his career, he has worked with a variety of talented and award-winning actors and filmmakers, including Michael Jai White, Mickey Rourke, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., RZA, and Quentin Lee.

He has written nine feature films that have been produced, Haunted Highway (2006), The People I’ve Slept With (2009), Santa & Me (2013), #1 Serial Killer (2013), Dying to Kill (2016), Last Girl (2020), The Commando (2022), Skeletons in the Closet (2022), and Nyctophobia (2022). In addition, his screenplay, Romeo, Juliet, & Rosaline, was optioned by Amazon Studios.

One of Koji’s signature projects as a writer and producer was The Commando, starring Michael Jai White and Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke. Commando was directed by Asif Akbar and released by Paramount Pictures in January 2022.

In 2022, Koji wrote and produced Skeletons in the Closet, which will be released in the spring of 2023. Skeletons was directed by Lance Kawas and Asif Akbar and stars Oscar nominee Terrence Howard, Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr, Clifton Powell, and Valery M. Ortiz.

Nyctophobia is Koji’s most recent film, where he served as a writer and producer on the project. The film stars Bianca D’Ambrosio, Chiara D’Ambrosio, BJ Tanner, Dana Powell, Sean O’Bryan, and Dean McDermott. Nyctophobia was directed by Kim Noonan with executive producer RZA. The film is currently in post production.

Koji has recently completed writing for a Japanese television series slated for Disney+ (Hulu in the United States).]

He has produced seven feature films, The People I’ve Slept With, #1 Serial Killer, Dying to Kill, Last Girl, The Commando, Skeletons in the Closet, and Nyctophobia; Dwayne Perkins: Take Note (2015), a one-hour comedy special that originally aired on Netflix; Comedy InvAsian and Comedy InvAsian 2.0 (2017 to present), a television series featuring the nation’s top Asian American comedians, Season 1 originally premiered on Hulu and Season 2 premiered on Peacock in May of 2022, and Brash Girls Club (2019), a limited comedy series that premiered on Tubi.

Koji Steven Sakai’s debut novel, Romeo & Juliet Vs. Zombies, was released in paperback by Luthando Coeur in 2015 and in audiobook in 2016, his Amazon Kindle World novella, Operation Survivewas released in the October of 2016, his graphic novel, 442, was released in February 2017 by Stela and in print by Little Nalu Pictures LLC in 2019, his novel, Zombie Run, was released in print and ebook in May of 2019 by Solstice Publishing and in audiobook by Little Nalu Pictures LLC in 2023, his graphic novel, Santa Vs. Zombies, was released in 2019 by Outland Entertainment, and his most recent novel, Secession, by Central Park South Publishing.

His stories have been featured in New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero AnthologySecret Identities Volume 2: Shattered, and Pho for Life.

He has received several prestigious fellowships, writing awards, and grants. They include the Screenwriting Expo 4: New Visions Fellowship Award (2005), Visual Communication’s Armed with a Camera fellowship (2006), Film Independent’s Project: Involve fellowship (2007), The Writers Boot Camp Fellowship (2009), The Producers Guild: Power of Diversity Workshop fellowship (2009), California Civil Liberties Public Education Grant (2016), and the Tribecca Film Institute Pond5 Program grant (2019). 

He has also served as a judge for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival screenwriting competition, UCLA Extension’s Feature Film Writing Competition, the Final Draft Big Break screenwriting competition, the Holidays 365 International Film Festival, CineStory TV Contest, and a mentor at the CineStory Foundation retreat.

He writes, produces, and hosts The Unofficial Official Story Podcast with co-hosts actor Jennifer Field and comedian Dwayne Perkins. They look at the paranormal, conspiracies, true crime, and the unexplainable and try to come up with what really happened. They have welcomed guests such as actor Randall Park, comedian Ben Gleib, comedian and fellow podcaster Randy Sklar, and iconic West Coast rapper Ras Kass. The Unofficial Official is currently completing their second season.

Koji’s passion for writing is only matched by his love to teach others how to do it. He is currently a screenwriting instructor at UCLA Extension and New York Film Academy and has taught at Chapman University. In 2020, he launched an online screenwriting course on Udemy.

He lives with his wife, eleven-year-old son, and one-year-old Shepard mix in South Pasadena, California. He loves the Lakers and coaching youth baseball… Go Rangers!

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