Marvel Ent.’s smash hit superhero flick Iron Man is among the finalists for the 21st annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. The CG-laden actioner is up against fellow Paramount release The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, as well as The Weinstein Co.’s The Reader, Paramount Vantage’s Revolutionary Road and Fox SearchLight’s Slumdog Millionaire. The winner will be announced on Jan. 30 during a ceremony to be held at USC’s Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library.
The Scripter Award honors screenplays adapted from existing works. The writing teams of Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and Art Marcum and Matt Holloway are nominated for Iron Man, an adaptation of the long-running Marvel comic-book series about a genius weapons designer who becomes an iron-clad superhero. Fergus and Ostby won last year’s award for adapting The Children of Men, a sci-fi novel by P.D. James.
Iron Man was chosen from a field 58 eligible films, impressively edging out the Warner Bros.’ blockbuster The Dark Knight and its screenplay by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer. This year’s selection committee included Lawrence Kasdan, Tony Kushner, Fox Filmed Entertainment CEO Tom Rothman, Phoenix Pictures head Mike Medavoy and USC Libraries dean Catherine Quinlan.