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James Wilson is activating his first slate as a film producer, following an eight-year stint as a production executive at Fox Searchlight Pictures and then FilmFour. He began working on Shaun of the Dead while at the latter company. His next project is James Marsh’s The King, which he is producing with Milo Addica. Gael García Bernal will star in the independent feature.
James will executive-produce The Lovely Bones, from Alice Sebold’s novel, to be produced by Aimee Peyronnet and directed by Academy Award winner Peter Jackson; and, alongside Nick Wechsler, will produce Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin.
From 1998 to 2002, he was deputy head of production at FilmFour, the film division of the U.K.’s Channel 4. At the company, he had creative oversight of production and development. In that capacity, he supervised production on, among other films, Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast, Gregor Jordan’s Buffalo Soldiers, Julien Temple’s The Filth and The Fury, Jamie Thraves’ The Low Down, and Jez Butterworth’s Birthday Girl. He was the executive in charge of the company’s acquisition of Lars von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark, which won the top prize (the Palme d’Or) at the 2000 Cannes International Film Festival.
Previously, James was director of production at Fox Searchlight Pictures, based in Los Angeles. There, he supervised production of Peter Cattaneo’s sleeper smash The Full Monty and worked on Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm.