Met fellow collaborator and friend Leigh Whannell at film school in Australia.
Comes from Melbourne, Australia.
Member of the unofficial "Splat Pack," a term coined by film historian Alan Jones in Total Film magazine for the modern wave of directors making brutally violent horror films. The other "Splat Pack" members are Alexandre Aja, Darren Lynn Bousman, Neil Marshall, Greg McLean, Eli Roth, Leigh Whannell & Rob Zombie.
His father passed away when he was 14 years of age.
His overall deal at New Line includes an option to develop and produce modest budget science fiction, horror and comedy films via his Atomic Monster production company.
He and his family moved to Perth, Australia when he was seven.
He is the second director in history to have two films that were not in the same franchise reach a billion dollars at the box office with Aquaman (2018) and Furious 7 (2015). The first director to achieve that feat was James Cameron with Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009).
He didn't shoot a feature film in his native Australia until Aquaman (2018).
He is the first Asian director to have two films make a billion dollars at the box office.
He is the first Australian director to have a film make one billion dollars at the box office.