Michael Thai is an award-winning screenwriter, director and producer.
He has written two feature films in Vietnam. The first, Saigon Bodyguards (2016), was nominated for a Golden Kite Award and topped the holiday box office, beating out Rogue One and Moana. It is being remade by the Russo brothers and Universal with Chris Pratt and Jing Wu set to star. His second film, the body-swap dramedy Daddy Issues (2018), won the Cinequest Audience Award and also topped the local box office.
In 2020, Michael executive produced What We Forgot To Remember, a detective comedy for the Vietnamese market, alongside Lotte Entertainment and filmmaker Charlie Nguyen. He also set up Peking Dunk, a sports comedy he co-wrote, with Silver Pictures.
A graduate of USC's School of Cinematic Arts, Michael's writing has been recognized by the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, Austin Film Festival, CineStory Foundation, TrackingB and ScreenCraft. He's made TrackingBoard's Young & Hungry List and is a ScreenCraft China-Hollywood Fellow.
Born in Germany to Vietnamese-Chinese immigrants, Michael draws on his diverse background to bring stories from underrepresented voices into the mainstream.
Writer currently has no listed scripts.