Christopher Yates is an American film and television director, producer, and writer. He has worked on a variety of projects, ranging from documentaries to feature films. Yates has become known for his innovative storytelling techniques, which often involve complex plotting and nonlinear narratives.
Yates was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in the city's Fairfax district. He attended Fairfax High School, where he discovered a love of filmmaking and began making short films with a Super 8 camera. After high school, he attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he earned a degree in English and Creative Writing.
After college, Yates began his professional career as a staff writer for the popular television series, "The X-Files." He then worked as a freelancer on various shows, including "Dawson's Creek," "Roswell," "24," and "Lost." In 2004, he wrote and directed the feature film "Open Water," which was distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment. The film was a critical and commercial success, earning Yates his first major awards.
In the years since, Yates has directed a variety of films and television shows, including the critically acclaimed miniseries "Generation Kill" (2008) and the feature films "The Grey" (2011), "The Maze Runner" (2014), and "Midnight Special" (2016). He also wrote and directed the short films "The Sense of an Ending" (2017) and "The World to Come" (2018).
In addition to his work in film and television, Yates is also an accomplished author. He has written two novels, "The Rule of Four" (2006) and "Maze Runner" (2013). He has also written several comic book series, including "The Maze Runner" (2007-2009), "The Girl Who Would Be King" (2009-2010), and "The Return of the Incredible Machine" (2011-2013).
Yates continues to work on a wide range of projects, including television shows, feature films, and comic books. He has become known for his unique style, combining elements of suspense, mystery, and science fiction to create gripping stories with complex characters. His work has earned him numerous awards and nominations, including an Emmy Award in 2008 for his work on "Generation Kill."