“Another great thing that George Roy Hill did was using real hockey players and real people from the town in the movie,” Steinfeld said. “It makes the movie feel more real. As filmmakers, it’s our job to find the perfect blend of actors and athletes.”
When Johnstown landed another professional hockey team in 1988, the name Chiefs was used in honor of the movie’s Charlestown Chiefs. Tonight, Steinfeld will watch the Johnstown Chiefs play the Reading Royals at the War Memorial.
He hopes to have his writing completed this spring.
“Granted, I ran into a three-month writers strike hiccup. I was actually planning on coming here in November, but I’m a union member, so I couldn’t,” Steinfeld said.
After the writing is done, the screenplay’s fate will be in the studio’s hands.
“I hope they like what they see.”
Home: Grew up in New Jersey; lives in California.
Resume: Screenwriter for movies including “Drowning Mona” (2000), “Analyze That” (2002), “Be Cool” (2005) and “21,” due out in March. Has worked as an actor and television producer.
Local link: Writing a screenplay for a remake of the 1977 motion picture “Slap Shot.” Nothing is official, but Universal Studios is interested.