Writer/Producer Koji Steven Sakai’s 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 filmmakers and actors, including, but not limited to, Michael Jai White, Mickey Rourke, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., and RZA.
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 is slated to 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 Nyctohobia; Dwayne Perkins: Take Note (2015), a one-hour comedy special that originally aired on Netflix; Comedy InvAsian 1.0 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 this year, and Brash Girls Club (2019), a limited comedy series that premiered on Tubi.