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 — "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) is headed for the big screen -- IMAX. The film that introduced beloved archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones to audiences is back in theaters today for a special one-week engagement. Indy (Harrison Ford) races to keep the Ark of the Covenant out of the hands of the sinister Dr. Belloq (Paul Freeman) and the Nazi regime. The film also stars Karen Allen, Denholm Elliott, John Rhys-Davies, Ronald Lacey and Alfred Molina; Steven Spielberg directs.
Earlier this year in an interview with Yahoo! Spielberg talked about adapting his movie to IMAX format. "I didn't know if the 1981 print would stand up to a full IMAX transfer, so I came expecting a sort of grainy, muddy, and overly enlarged representation of the movie I had made years ago. And I was blown away by the fact that it looked better than the movie I had made years ago."
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" can be seen through Thursday, September 13 at Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre in Little Rock. Tickets are $14 (Adult), $11.75 (Matinee), $11.50 (Senior) and $11.50 (Children ages 4-11). Showtimes are Friday - Sunday @ 11 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Monday - Thursday showtimes are 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
TRIVIA: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" was the largest grossing movie of 1981 and the screen debut of actor Alfred Molina.
Harrison Ford was Spielberg's first choice for the role of Indy, but George Lucas was hesitant to cast the actor since he had already worked with him on "American Graffiti" (1973), "Star Wars" (1977) and "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980). Lucas, who wrote the story, also ran some of the second unit work on "Raiders."
Tom Selleck was Spielberg's second choice, but Selleck was reportedly committed to the television show Magnum P.I. Other reports simply had Selleck in Hawaii, as filming on "Raiders" wrapped prior to the production schedule for the television show.
In the end, Ford was cast a mere three weeks before shooting began on the movie. Other actors considered for the role included: Jack Nicholson, Peter Coyote, Tim Matheson, Nick Nolte, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Steve Martin.