Hyams graduated from Syracause University, School of Visual and Performing Arts, becoming a noted painter and sculptor exhibiting and selling work in New York and Los Angeles. He became known in Hollywood in 1997 after writing, producing, and directing the critically acclaimed One Dog Day. The film debuted at the Taos Talking Picture Film Festival. After that, Hyams directed several documentaries, most notably The Smashing Machine, which follows the life of fighter Mark Kerr. Hyams also directed several episodes of ABC Television's NYPD Blue.
In 2009, Hyams took over the Universal Soldier franchise, directing the film Regeneration, with Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren, which was shot mostly in Bulgaria on a budget of $9 million. Then, in 2012, he wrote and produced a sequel called Day of Reckoning, which also featured Van Damme and Lundgren. It was shot in 3D with a budget of $8 million.
He will direct a remake of the 1988 film Maniac Cop.
- One Dog Day (1997)
- Universal Soldier (2009)
- Dragon Eyes (2012)
- Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)
- Maniac Cop remake
Shorts and documentaries
- America Undercover (1986, documentary)
- The Smashing Machine (2002, documentary)
- Fight Day (2003, documentary short)
- Rank (2006, documentary)
- The Razzle Dazzle (2009, short film)
- NYPD Blue (2003–2005, 4 episodes)
- Blind Justice (2005, 1 episode)
- Z Nation (2014-2015, 9 episodes)
- 12 Deadly Days (2016; 1 episode)
- Chicago Fire (2017; 1 episode)
- Chicago P.D. (2017-2018; 3 episodes)
- Season Three
- Season Four
- Season One