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. He has worked with a variety of talented and award-winning actors and filmmakers, including Cuba Gooding Jr., Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, James Shigeta, Michael Jai White, Mel Gibson, Mickey Rourke, Randall Park, RZA, Samuel L. Jackson, Terrence Howard, and Wilson Cruz.

He has written eleven 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), Nyctophobia (2022), Damaged (2023), and Boneyard (2024). 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 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.

Also, in 2022, Koji served as a writer and producer on Nyctophobia. 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’s two most recent projects are: Damaged, which stars Samuel L. Jackson, Vincent Cassel, Gianni Capaldi, Kate Dickie, and John Hannah, and was directed by Terry McDonough. And Boneyard, which stars Mel Gibson, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Brian Van Holt, and Nora Zehetner; produced by Colin Bates and Vincent McDaniel; and directed by Asif Akbar.

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

He has produced nine feature films, The People I’ve Slept With#1 Serial KillerDying to KillLast Girl, The Commando, Skeletons in the ClosetNyctophobia, Are You There? and most recently, BoneyardDwayne 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.

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 Tribeca 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.

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