The Friends of the USC Libraries is the org that bestows the annual Scripter Award honoring the year’s best adapted screenplay and the author of the original work on which it is based. It also is giving Robert Towne the 2014 USC Libraries Literary Achievement Award. Both honors will be bestowed February 8. LA native Towne is best known for penning the original script for Chinatown, which won him an Oscar in 1975. His adapted screenplay credits though include John Fante’s Ask The Dust, Daniel Ponicsan’s The Last Detail and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan. He also was the script doctor who polished Bonnie And Clyde, The Godfather and Heaven Can Wait among others. He recently was recruited to join the writing staff for the upcoming seventh and final season of AMC’s Mad Men.
The authors and screenwriters of Captain Phillips, Philomena, The Spectacular Now, 12 Years A Slave and What Maisie Knew have been named finalists for the 26th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. Scripter honors the screenwriter or screenwriters of the year’s most accomplished cinematic adaptation as well as the author or authors of the written work upon which the screenplay is based. The USC Libraries will announce the winning authors and screenwriters on February 8 at USC.
Here are the finalists, in alphabetical order by film title: