“I would love to see the movie happen here. But I’m not the president of Universal.
“But there are so many reasons to have the movie happen here. A: The original took place here and there is history. B: What’s happened to this town in the last 31 years, economic ups and downs. Then there is the geography of how things are located within pretty close proximity to each other. All of that lends itself really well to production.”
Original “Slap Shot” director George Roy Hill used the region’s steel mills, restaurants and bars as well as the War Memorial. The movie’s screenplay, written by Nancy Dowd, sister of Johnstown Jets player Ned Dowd, was based on the 1974-75 Jets, who went from worst to first in winning a Lockhart Cup title.
“The great thing about the movie to me is that it captured what it must have been really like,” said Steinfeld, a New Jersey native who grew up playing hockey on a frozen lake. “Really, the movie is a drama punctuated by great use of comic relief.
“That’s why, 30-some years later, people still talk about the movie and the movie is considered one of the greatest sports comedies of all time.”
Asked whether the infamous Hanson Brothers would be in the screenplay, Steinfeld didn’t hesitate.
“You have to work the Hansons into the movie,” Steinfeld said of the rowdy, bespectacled characters who often stole scenes from the likes of Newman and Michael Ontkean.
“I think people would really be let down if the Hansons were not in the movie. They are such an iconic part of that classic. They still are very visible guys.”
Former Jets Steve and Jeff Carlson joined teammate Dave Hanson in portraying the movie brothers, who were based on the Carlsons and their brother, Jack.