JAMES JACKS (Producer) produced A Simple
Plan, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton and Bridget Fonda, directed
by Sam Raimi; and The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser. Jacks is currently
producing The Mummy Returns, again starring Fraser, and Down to Earth,
starring Chris Rock.
Jacks graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a
B.S. in Industrial Engineering and from Cornell University with an MBA. After
working as an operations analyst for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he
moved to Los Angeles to study screenwriting. Over the next three years he wrote
seven screenplays, four of which were optioned.
Jacks then went to work for Circle Theaters, which led to
Circle distributing Blood Simple and Jacks serving as executive producer
of Raising Arizona.
Jacks then became vice president of acquisitions for
Universal Pictures. During his five years in this capacity (ultimately becoming
executive vice president of production), he was involved in such films as Field
of Dreams, Do the Right Thing, Darkman, Tremors, Jungle Fever, American Me
and People Under the Stairs. In 1992, Jacks left Universal to go into
partnership with Sean Daniel, and the duo formed the Alphaville company.
Together, Jacks and Daniel have produced Rat Race, directed
by Jerry Zucker with an all star cast; Dazed and Confused, directed by
Richard Linklater; Hard Target, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and
directed by acclaimed Hong Kong director John Woo; Heart and Souls,
starring Robert Downey Jr., Charles Grodin and Alfre Woodard and directed by Ron
Underwood; Tombstone, starring Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer and an all-star
cast, directed by George Cosmatos; Mallrats, directed by Kevin Smith; The
Gulf, written and directed by Nora Ephron; and The Jackal, starring
Richard Gere and Bruce Willis.
Upcoming projects for Jacks include Scorpion King
directed by Chuck Russell, staring The Rock; Hot Springs, starring Billy
Bob Thornton; and Dogs of Winter, written by Kem Nunn and Scott
Rosenberg, based on the novel by Nunn.
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