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.
Rumors and speculation surround the impending new trilogy of Star Wars films. Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are locked in and Harrison Ford is close to inking a deal? These are all rumors right now, but things are taking shape for Luke, Han and Leia in Episode VII.
While promoting his work in this week's DVD/Blu-ray release Sushi Girl, Hamill set the record straight concerning his involvement in the 2015 Star Wars sequel during his interview with Entertainment Tonight.
"They're talking to us," said Hamill. "George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we'd [Hamill, Fisher, Ford] be interested. He did say that if we didn't want to do it, they wouldn't cast another actor in our parts -- they would write us out."
"I can tell you right away that we haven't signed any contracts," Hamill continued. "We're in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm. Both have had meetings set that were postponed -- on their end, not mine. They're more busy than I am."
Hamill went on to discuss the way he would like to see the new film series develop.
"I said to George that I wanted to go back to the way it was, in the sense that ours was much more carefree and lighthearted and humorous -- in my opinion, anyway," said Hamill. "And another thing I'd want to make sure of is are we going to have the whole gang back? Is Carrie and Harrison and Billy Dee and Tony Daniels, everybody that's around from the original? I want to make sure that everybody's on board here, rather than just one."
"I hope they find the right balance of CGI with practical effects," Hamill continued. "I love props, I love models, miniatures, matte paintings -- I'm sort of old school. I think if you go too far in the direction of CGI it winds up looking like just a giant a video game, and that's unfortunate."