Lafia desarrolló el guion y dirección de las entregas de Chucky de 1988 y Chucky 2 de 1990. “Estamos devastados de enterarnos del fallecimiento de nuestro amigo John Lafia. Fue una parte crucial de la familia ‘Chucky’ desde el principio. Coescribió el guión original de ‘Child’s Play’ junto con el director Tom Holland y yo, y John dirigió ‘Child’s Play 2’, la película favorita entre los fanáticos de ‘Chucky’”, expresó el cineasta Don Mancini a través de Facebook.
Y continuó: “John fue un artista increíblemente generoso. Me dejó acompañarlo a cada reunión y seguirlo en el set; me enseñó más sobre el cine durante la producción de esa película, que varios semestres en la escuela. John también fue una de las personas más curiosas y creativas que he conocido, alguien que siempre tomaba fotos y anotaba ideas”.
John Lafia Dies: ‘Child’s Play 2’ Director And Writer
John Lafia, who directed the horror film Child’s Play 2 and co-wrote Child’s Play, died by suicide this week in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office. He was 63.
Lafia’s family confirmed his passing Saturday in a statement to Deadline. “It is with great sadness we announce that loving father, film and television writer, director, producer and musician John J. Lafia passed away on Wednesday, April 29,” the statement said.
Born on April 2, 1957, Lafia was influential in the Los Angeles experimental music scene in the 1980’s before launching a successful film career.
He attended UCLA, and his first feature film was The Blue Iguana (1988), which he wrote and directed as well as produced the soundtrack. The film featured a theme song by rap legend Kurtis Blow, was Dylan McDermott’s first role as a leading man, and starred Flea, Jessica Harper, Pamela Gidley, and James Russo.
Most notably, Lafia co-wrote the screenplay for the hit horror film Child’s Play (1988). He coined the name “Chucky” and contributed the line to the script: “Hi, I’m Chucky, wanna play?”
The coroner’s office listed his cause of death as hanging and said he was found in his basement.
Lafia collaborated with Tom Holland and Don Mancini on Child’s Play. Mancini said in a statement through Lafia’s family that the late writer-director was an “incredibly generous artist.”
“We’re devastated to hear of the passing of our friend John Lafia. He was a crucial part of the ‘Chucky’ family from the very beginning. He co-wrote the original Child’s Play script along with director Tom Holland and myself, and John directed Child’s Play 2 — the consensus favorite film among ‘Chucky’ fans,” the statement said. “John was an incredibly generous artist. He let me tag along with him to every meeting, and shadow him on set; he taught me more about filmmaking during the production of that movie than several semesters in film school. John was also one of the most naturally curious and constantly creative people I ever met, someone who was always taking pictures, and jotting down ideas.”