Wednesday, 17 January 2007

P.D. JAMES novelist and screenwriters win award for CHILDREN OF MEN

The futuristic thriller "Children of Men" has won the University of Southern California's Scripter Award, the only honour that recognizes both the authors and screenwriters of a produced book-to-film adaptation.

Crime novelist P.D. James wrote the book, her 12th, in 1992. Alfonso Cuaron, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby adapted the screenplay for the movie, which was directed by Cuaron.

Clive Owen and Michael Caine star in the story of a world where women have become infertile. The acclaimed Universal Pictures has earned £11 million pounds to date at the North American box office.

"(The screenwriters) took P.D. James' bracingly dystopic novel and crafted from it a film at once brave, subtle (and) shocking. This is writing and screenwriting of the highest order," said Howard Rodman, chair of the USC School of Cinematic Arts Writing Division.

The winners will be feted February 18 at a dinner on the USC campus. The other finalists were "The Devil Wears Prada," "The Illusionist," "The Last King of Scotland" and "Notes on a Scandal."

© Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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