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James Wan

Filmmaker

Born: 26 February 1977
Birthplace: Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Best known as: The director of the horror film Saw
James Wan is the film director behind the horror series Saw. Born in Malaysia and raised in Australia, he studied film at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, where he met his screenwriting partner, Leigh Whaddell. Together they put together a sample of Saw and went to Los Angeles to find backing. A successful screening at the Sundance Film Festival led to a distribution deal in 2004, and the $700,000 movie made more than $18 million its first weekend. The film spawned six sequels, leading a wave of grisly and gory horror movies at the box office. Wan, meanwhile, turned to other pursuits, including the less-gory horror films Dead Silence (2007), Insidious (2010), The Conjuring (2013, starring Vera Farmiga), the crime thriller Death Sentence (2007, starring Kevin Bacon) and The Conjuring 2 (2016).

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