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Saving Private Ryan
: Mark had an office in the same complex as Tom Hanks
and thought we should get the script to him. Tom read it and arranged a lunch and he said: 'This is great, I want to do it...So what do you think about Steven directing'? ... It was a difficult spot for us because we already had another director attached at Paramount, so we had to get ourselves unhinged.
After graduating the University of Colorado in 1985, Levinsohn wrote a script for a spec mini-series. The strength of his pitch caught the attention of the De Laurentiis Company, who offered him in a job.