‘Youngster’s Play’ Co-Screenwriter John Lafia Dies at 63

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John Lafia, who co-wrote 1988 horror movie “Youngster’s Play” and in addition co-wrote and directed “Youngster’s Play 2,” died by suicide on April 29 in Los Angeles. He was 63.

Lafia collaborated with Tom Holland and Don Mancini on the horror film screenplay, and was credited with coining the identify “Chucky” and contributed the well-known line, “Hello, I’m Chucky, wanna play?” In 1988, the unique “Youngster’s Play” went on to prime the field workplace and obtained a Saturn award for greatest horror movie, in addition to a nomination for greatest writing. He additionally obtained a writing credit score on the 2019 remake.

“Youngster’s Play” creator and screenwriter Don Mancini stated in a press release supplied by Lafia’s household, “We’re devastated to listen to of the passing of our good friend John Lafia. He was a vital a part of the Chucky household from the very starting.  He co-wrote the unique ‘Youngster’s Play’ script together with director Tom Holland and myself, and John directed ‘Youngster’s Play 2,’ — the consensus favourite movie amongst Chucky followers.  John was an extremely beneficiant artist. He let me tag together with him to each assembly, and shadow him on set; he taught me extra about filmmaking through the manufacturing of that film than a number of semesters in movie faculty. John was additionally some of the naturally curious and always inventive folks I ever met, somebody who was all the time taking footage, and jotting down concepts.”

Lafia was born in 1957 and obtained a BFA in Movement Image and Tv from UCLA. He labored within the artwork division on Alex Cox’s “Repo Man” and on “Area Raiders” earlier than shifting into screenwriting.

His first main credit score was 1988’s “The Blue Iguana,” an motion movie starring Dylan McDermott, which he wrote and directed along with producing its soundtrack. “The Blue Iguana” was chosen for a midnight displaying within the official choice on the 1988 Cannes Movie Competition. In 1993, he wrote and directed the science fiction movie “Man’s Greatest Buddy,” which debuted at No. 2 on the field workplace. Lafia additionally wrote, directed and produced the TV mini-series “10.5” in 2004 and its spinoff “10.5: Apocalypse” in 2006.

His different directing credit embrace the TV collection “Freddy’s Nightmares,” TV film “The Rats” and the stay motion online game “Corpse Killer.” Lafia’s final mission was the TV film “Firestorm: Final Stand at Yellowstone” in 2006, starring Scott Foley and Richard Burgi.

In 2012, Lafia, launched his ardour mission, a musical drama he wrote, directed, shot and edited, “The Ballad of Frank and Cora.” He additionally co-produced the soundtrack with musician Invoice Jones.

After beginning out in L.A.’s underground music scene within the 1980s, he returned to composing and recording and launched a double album “John Lafia 1980-1985” in 2019.

He’s survived by his youngsters Tess and Kane and his former spouse Beverly.

Should you or somebody you realize is perhaps liable to suicide, please name 1-800-273-8255 to achieve the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  It offers free and confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days every week for folks in suicidal disaster or misery.

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