USC Libraries 2017 Scripter Finalists

Honoring the authors of printed works alongside the screenwriters who adapt their stories.
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Press release: The USC Libraries have named the finalists for the 29-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. Since 1988, Scripter has honored the authors of printed works alongside the screenwriters who adapt their stories. Last year, the USC Libraries inaugurated a new Scripter award, for television adaptation.The television and film finalists compete in separate categories for their own Scripter award.

The finalist writers for film are, in alphabetical order by film title:

  • Screenwriter Eric Heisserer for Arrival, adapted from the novella “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang
  • August Wilson for the play and screenplay of Fences
  • Screenwriters Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi for Hidden Figures, based on the nonfiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Luke Davies for the screenplay for Lion, adapted from the nonfiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
  • Barry Jenkins for Moonlight, adapted from In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, by Tarell Alvin McCraney

The finalist writers for television episodes are, in alphabetical order by series title:

  • Screenwriters David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, for the episode “The Winds of Winter” from Game of Thrones, adapted from the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
  • Frank Spotnitz, Erik Oleson, and Joe Kawasaki for the episode “Fallout” from The Man in the High Castle, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick
  • David Farr for the miniseries The Night Manager, based on the espionage novel by John le CarrĂ©
  • Tara Herrmann and Jenji Kohan for the episode “Toast Can’t Never Be Bread Again” from Orange is the New Black, adapted from the memoir by Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
  • Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for the episode “Manna From Heaven” from The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, based on the nonfiction book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, by Jeffrey Toobin

Chaired by USC professor and president of the Writers Guild of America, West, Howard Rodman, the 2017 Scripter selection committee selected the finalists from a field of 80 film and 45 television adaptations. Serving on the selection committee, among many others, are film critics Leonard Maltin, Anne Thompson and Kenneth Turan; authors Lisa Belkin, Michael Ondaatje and Mona Simpson; screenwriters Geoffrey Fletcher and Erin Cressida Wilson; producers Lawrence Kasdan and Paula Wagner; and USC deans Elizabeth Daley of the School of Cinematic Arts and Catherine Quinlan of the USC Libraries.

The USC Libraries will announce the winning authors and screenwriters at a black-tie ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 in the historic Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library on the University Park campus of the University of Southern California.

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