Exclusive Interview with Screenwriter Steven de Souza
Published: Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
Steven de Souza (talks with Yi Tian about his start as a writer, his new hit web series, Unknown Sender, and suggestions for up-coming screenwriters.
Writer, producer, director, and actor Steven de Souza, was the screenwriter of Die Hard, Commando, Die Hard 2, The Running Man, and too many other films to mention.
Steven de Souza is among only a handful of screenwriters whose films have earned over two billion dollars at the box office. According to his IMDb bio, Steven de Souza’s introduction to Hollywood was on camera – as a contestant on an L.A. game show. There, the Philadelphia-based writer for PBS, The New York Times, Premiere and other media outlets won a car and a color TV – and then talked his way into the office of several producers to leave behind some writing samples. A contract with Universal Television as a story editor was the result. From there, Steven moved into producing (“Knight Rider” (1982)), and then earned his first motion picture credit, on 48 Hrs. (1982). That film, along with Commando (1985), Die Hard (1988), and Die Hard 2 (1990) established his reputation as a writer who could juggle both action and humor. That combination remains evident in all of his subsequent work, which expanded to include science fiction (“V” (1984), The Running Man (1987), Judge Dredd (1995)), horror (“Tales from the Crypt” (1989), Possessed (2000) (TV)) and fantasy (The Flintstones (1994), “Cadillacs and Dinosaurs” (1993), Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)).
Steven de Souza has been nominated two times each for the Edgar Allen Poe award for best mystery screenplay, and the Saturn award for best Science Fiction/Fantasy Film. In 2000 he was honored with the Norman Lear Award for Lifetime Achievement in writing.
In 2009, his web series “Unknown Sender” (2008) became an unprecedented triple honoree in the 13th annual Webby Awards — for best series and best writing, and for Timothy Dalton‘s performance in “Unknown Sender: If You’re Seeing This Tape… (#1.1)” (2008).
Interviews is a show on Actors Reporter, a channel on the Actors Podcast Network, a Pepper Jay Production.
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