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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!

 

2 Comments
  • 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

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