Gavin Scott | Small Soldiers
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29 Jan Small Soldiers

Small Soldiers was the first film script I sold, and was written while I was still living in England – although by then I was commuting to arin County several times a year to work on The Young Indian Jones Chronicles. I had been working on the idea for years but was never able to find a story to fit the concept. But when I got an agent in LA and began pitching my ideas around the town, this one aroused enthusiasm. Nobody hired me to write the script, but I got so sick of talking up the story I decided it would be easier to write it than pitch it one more time. Jason Hoffs at Amblin Entertainment was enthusiastic about the idea and kept tabs on me as I wrote the script. When it was finished and was sent out by my agents he encouraged Steven Spielberg to buy it for Amblin, which then of course became Dreamworks. It was in development hell for about 6 years, undergoing many incarnations, but finally got made with director Joe Dante. There was an amazing line of toys created to go with it too, most of which I still have! They turn up quite often in antique markets too!


  • J.R. DeJesus
    Posted at 16:12h, 10 May Reply

    Hi there good sir. I am a huge fan of Small Soldiers. I’ve always wanted to own all the toys but sadly Hasbro and Kenner only released archer and chip in 12″ form. Last year oil showed my 7 and 4yr old sons and they quickly asked for the toys. Long story short I’m currently recreating them as close to accurate size. I have been featured on Stan Winston Schools in an artist spotlight for my custom small soldiers. Even Adam Rifkin has shown great interest and support morally. There are a few roadblocks I’ve run into in the form of reference or lack there of. If you could message me at my email so I can discuss my project with you in depth I would greatly appreciate it. After all these years I’m still eager and waiting for a sequel with practical effects. I’m even recreating the boxes. Have a great day good sir

    • Gavin Scott
      Posted at 10:34h, 10 April Reply

      I’m flattered! There was a huge range of toys, and I occasionally find them at flea markets: one day I’ll do one of my assemblages … Best regards, Gavin

  • Nick G
    Posted at 13:34h, 19 July Reply

    Was a huge fan of this film when i was a kid. I was wondering if there was scenes cut from the film, I’ve heard that it originally was to receive an R Rating,.

    • Gavin Scott
      Posted at 11:38h, 26 July Reply

      I’m sure there were, but I don’t know what they were. My original script was a little less violent! But I’m delighted to hear from a fan. Best regards, Gavin

  • Quentin Congress
    Posted at 00:10h, 12 August Reply

    I remember going to see “Small Soldiers” in theatres I enjoyed then and I enjoy it now. I wish I could read your original draft.

    • Gavin Scott
      Posted at 10:39h, 05 July Reply

      Thanks, Quentin.
      I wish I could show it to you, but it’s vanished into the same warehouse where they stored the Ark of the Covenant in Indiana Jones!
      But if you want to read some actual words by me, check out my detective thriller The Age of Treachery!
      Best regards,

  • Kaitlynne Pegii Limberg
    Posted at 05:10h, 26 March Reply

    I love this movie so much. I thought that Greg Smith was amazing as Alan. Everything was wonderful, the plot, the music, the dialogue, the acting. It is an incredibly underrated movie.

    • Gavin Scott
      Posted at 10:35h, 05 July Reply

      Dear Kaitlynne,
      It’s so good to hear from someone who loved the movie: I’m quite proud of it! And I particularly agree about the music: Jerry Goldsmith did a terrific job. Let me know if you get a chance to read my current detective thriller series, the first of which is The Age of Treachery. I’d love to know if you like that too.
      All my best,

  • Jason Woods
    Posted at 05:25h, 15 December Reply

    Like others that have posted, I am a huge fan of the movie. Thank you for your work on the story! I own a copy of the Small Soldiers script by Adam Rifkin. It is the Polish 5/11/1997 version. Reading through it, there are several major changes than what actually turned up in the movie. Of course, script revisions are a very common part of movie making, but my question was in regards to some of the character names, specifically the Commandos. For example, Chip Hazard is called Chip Braddock, Kip Killigan is called Kip Killcrazy, etc… Were these your original names for the characters, or just the names given to them during this particular revision of the script? If they were your original names, how did you feel about the revisions? Thanks!

    • Gavin Scott
      Posted at 12:53h, 18 December Reply

      Dear Jason, I’m so glad you enjoyed and continue to enjoy the movie. The Commando names evolved during the pre-production process, and I’m very happy with the end result. Best regards, Gavin

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