Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
LOS ANGELES — X-Men fans listen up! The Marvel Universe is fixing to get a whole lot more exciting. "X-Men: First Class" (2011) came up a bit short in comparison to the other X-Franchise films, in regard to profits, but pulling in over $352 million worldwide has insured there will be a sequel. Oh, and what a follow-up feature it could be.
20th Century Fox has announced a July 18, 2014 release date for the sequel labeled with the working title "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Producer Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, Superman Returns, X2: X-Men United) confirmed the news in an interview with IGN (watch interview below).
The script is now in the works, and "First Class" actors Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Professor X), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) and Jason Flemyng (Azazel) are currently attached to the project.
Comic book fans will most likely recognize the new title is from a 1981 storyline that appeared in "The Uncanny X-Men" publications No. 141 and No. 142. The original narrative revolved around a bleak future in which mutants are hunted and imprisoned.
Sentinels rule in the future, while the X-Men battle Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in the past. An older Kitty Pryde uses her abilities to transfer her mind into the Kitty Pryde of the past. With the knowledge of the dark future, Kitty assembles the X-Men to stop a pivotal point in history, the murder of Senator Robert Kelly, that elicits an anti-mutant movement and a sinister alternate reality.
Now, since the story involves time travel, imagine the possibilities. Conceivably, actors and characters from all the X-Men movies could be utilized in what could be the most prolific comic book adaptation to date.
Singer was asked about that crossover possibility. "I think there is a strong desire to broaden out the universe," Singer said. "I mean the X-Men universe is every bit, on its own, as big as the Marvel Universe. I think it's time to reach out and explore it, and even bring some connectivity between the films, as Marvel has done so well. So, you may see some of that...I don't know."