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      James DeMonaco

      James DeMonaco

      Highest Rated: 74% The Negotiator (1998)

      Lowest Rated: 13% Skinwalkers (2006)

      Birthday: Oct 12, 1969

      Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

      Writer and director James DeMonaco worked on movies in a diverse range of genres across his career. His debut film role was as co-scriptwriter of the Francis Ford Coppola-directed, Robin Williams-starring family medical drama "Jack" (1996), yet his most defining works came as both writer and director of the extremely successful dystopian future-come-home invasion thriller "The Purge" (2013), starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, and its sequel "The Purge: Anarchy" (2014), both about a future America where residents can commit any crime on one night of the year. He previously worked with Hawke on his directorial debut, the small-scale indie crime thriller "Staten Island" (2009). Born in New York City, DeMonaco was himself raised in Staten Island. He attended film school but left early. However it was during this time that he met writer/director Gary Nadeau. DeMonaco and Nadeau co-wrote the script for the Nadeau-directed short film "Red" (1994), which won a Student Academy Award and brought the pair to Coppola's attention for the scripting of "Jack." Very soon after this, DeMonaco wrote the Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey-starring action thriller "The Negotiator" (1998). A career dry spell followed until he scripted the remake of "Assault on Precinct 13" (2005), whose original director John Carpenter was a huge influence on the "Purge" films.

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      THE PURGE: ANARCHY, director James DeMonaco, on set, 2014. ph: Justin Lubin/©Universal THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, director James DeMonaco, on set 2016. ph: Michele K. Short/© Universal Pictures THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, director James DeMonaco (left), on set 2016. ph: Michele K. Short/© Universal Pictures THE PURGE: ANARCHY, from left: director James DeMonaco, Frank Grillo, on set, 2014. ph: Justin Lubin/©Universal THE PURGE, director James DeMonaco, on set, 2013. ©Universal

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      13% No Score Yet This Is the Night Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2021
      49% 78% The Forever Purge Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $44.5M 2021
      55% 27% The First Purge Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      $68.9M 2018
      55% 48% The Purge: Election Year Director,
      Screenwriter
      $79.0M 2016
      58% 56% The Purge: Anarchy Director,
      Screenwriter
      $71.5M 2014
      40% 36% The Purge Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2013
      25% 28% Staten Island Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2009
      13% 25% Skinwalkers Writer $1.0M 2006
      59% 48% Assault on Precinct 13 Writer $19.9M 2005
      74% 79% The Negotiator Writer $44.7M 1998
      17% 49% Jack Writer $58.6M 1996

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 29% Haunted Executive Producer 2021
      42% 71% The Purge Executive Producer 2018-2019
      14% No Score Yet Ryan Caulfield: Year One Executive Producer 1999