Mini Bio (1)
Later this summer, Kirschner and producing partner, Corey Sienega, will team up with Mike Medavoy to produce the biography of famed children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter (The Tale Peter Rabbit). Starring Oscar-winner Renee Zelwegger (Bridget Jones, Chicago), the magical romantic-drama was written by Tony Award-winner Richard Maltby (Miss Saigon, Ain't Misbehavin') and will be directed by Chris Noonan (Babe).
Last year Kirschner produced Seed Of Chucky, the fifth installment of the successful horror-franchise, which opened in theaters in November. Additionally, Kirschner served as Executive Producer on last summer's 5-hour scifi-thriller miniseries, 5 Days Til Midnight. Starring Oscar-winner Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People, Falcon And The Snowman), this television event aired June 7-10 on the Sci-Fi Channel.
In Fall 2003, New Line released the successful family film, Secondhand Lions, into theaters. The film stars Oscar winners Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, and Oscar nominee, Haley Joel Osment, and was written and directed by Tim McCanlies (Iron Giant). The film is now in development as a Broadway musical. The upcoming Martian Child is Kirschner's second production with New Line.
In 2002, Kirschner produced Lions Gate's critically acclaimed thriller Frailty. Directed by Bill Paxton, who also starred alongside Matthew McConaughey, the film was lauded by the National Board of Review that year for Excellence in Filmmaking.
A native of suburban Los Angeles, Kirschner began his career as an illustrator for Jim Henson's Muppet and Sesame Street characters. At 23, he wrote and illustrated a series of children's books entitled Rose Petal Place. This property spawned a total of 16 books, two television specials and over 1100 different products.
In 1986, Kirschner created and executive produced with Steven Spielberg the smash hit An American Tail, which became one of the most successful animated films in history. This film was followed by the sequel AN American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West, a Saturday morning animated series, and direct-to-video features American Tails 3, 4, and 5. Kirschner's second feature film was the horror hit Child's Play, whose leading character, "Chucky", an animatronic doll which Kirschner created, became a cult star and spawned a second successful franchise with Child's Play II, child's play III, and the 1998 box-office winner, Bride Of Chucky, starring Jennifer Tilly. Seed Of Chucky, the hit horror comedy and fifth installment in the popular Child's Play franchise, opened in theaters in November.
Kirschner's next production, Disney's hit comedy-thriller, Hocus Pocus, was based on his short story and starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy.
Kirschner also created and produced the NBC's Emmy-nominated The Dreamer Of Oz. Starring John Ritter, the television event was based on the life of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz creator L. Frank Baum. Kirschner also produced the Emmy Award-winning The Halloween Tree, written and narrated by Ray Bradbury. Kirschner later served as Executive Producer of Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict. A two-time Emmy nominee over its five-year run, Earth recently sold into 2nd run syndication and now can be seen on the Sci-Fi Channel.
On the theatrical side, Kirschner executive produced the box-office smash The Flintstones, again in partnership with Spielberg. He then co-wrote and produced the Twentieth Century Fox/Turner live-action and animated fantasy The Pagemaster. This film was based upon the book co-written by Kirschner which was named the American Library Association's "Children's Book of the Year."
Kirschner also produced the critically acclaimed animated feature Cats Don't Dance, released by Warner Brothers in the spring of 1997. Cats won both the Golden Crown at Annecy and the prestigious Annie Award (the American Animation Awards) for Best Feature, beating out Disney's Hercules and Warner Brothers' Space Jam. In Summer 2000, Twentieth Century Fox released Titan A.E., a space adventure loosely based on the Robert Louis Stevenson classic, Treasure Island.
Currently in production at Universal is an animated adaptation of the classic Curious George books, for which Kirschner is teamed up with producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Will Ferrell is starring.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: DKPS