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.
He has written seven 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), and The Commando. In addition, his screenplay, Romeo, Juliet, & Rosaline, was optioned by Amazon Studios.
He has produced five feature films, The People I’ve Slept With, #1 Serial Killer, Dying to Kill, Last Girl, and The Commando; a one-hour comedy special which originally aired on Netflix, Dwayne Perkins: Take Note (2015); Comedy InvAsian (2017), a television series featuring the nation’s top Asian American comedians, which originally premiered on Hulu and will be shooting a second season in the summer of 2021, and Brash Girls Club (2019), a limited comedy series that premiered on Tubi TV.
Most recently, he wrote and produced, The Commando, a feature film he also wrote and produced, starring Michael Jai White and Mickey Rourke and directed by Asif Akbar. The Commando will be released by Paramount in the summer of 2021.
Koji’s debut novel, Romeo & Juliet Vs. Zombies was originally published by Luthando Coeur in 2015, and in audiobook in 2016, his Amazon Kindle World novella, Operation Survive, was released in 2016, and his graphic novel, 442, was released online in 2017 by Stela and in print by Little Nalu Pictures LLC in 2019. His newest novel, Zombie Run, was released in print and ebook in 2019 by Solstice Publishing, and his newest graphic novel, Santa Vs. Zombies was released in print in 2019 by Outland Entertainment.
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, and the Holidays 365 International Film Festival.
He produces and hosts two podcasts, the Guy Code, a podcast dedicated to giving advice to Koji’s son, and The Unofficial Official Story Podcast with Jennifer Field and Dwayne Perkins, where they look at the paranormal, conspiracies, true-crime, the unexplainable and try to come up with what really happened.
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, New York Film Academy in Burbank, and Chapman University. In 2020, he has launched an online screenwriting course on Udemy.
He lives with his wife, son, and dog in South Pasadena, California. Don’t tell his family, but his true love is the Los Angeles Lakers, whom he follows with such passion it drives his loved ones crazy — especially during playoff time.