The 30th annual USC Scripter Awards, celebrating adaptations of the written word, have released their finalists and two major comic book movies are among the seven candidates for film.
Usually, there would only be five nominees; the seven came about as a result of a three-way tie.
Per Variety, whose writer Kristopher Tapley is a member of the selection committee, the 2018 Scripter selection committee chose their finalists from a field of 91 film and 28 television adaptations.
Nominees for film are author André Aciman and screenwriter James Ivory for Call Me by Your Name; screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber for The Disaster Artist, and authors Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell for their nonfiction book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside ‘The Room,’ the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made; screenwriters Scott Frank, Michael Green, and James Mangold, and authors Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita, Sr., for Logan; screenwriter James Gray and author David Grann for The Lost City of Z; screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and author Molly Bloom for Molly’s Game; screenwriters Virgil Williams and Dee Rees, and author Hillary Jordan for Mudbound; and screenwriter Allan Heinberg and author William Moulton Marston for Wonder Woman.
The attention given to comic book adaptation is particularly notable given that both Green and Heinberg have written a not-insignificant number of comic books themselves. This, plus the comic book creators nominated on behalf of their content's adaptations, gives a lot of love to the industry.
Wonder Woman also had script contributions from Geoff Johns, DC's chief creative officer.
Television nominees included Alias Grace, Big Little Lies, Genius, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and Mindhunter. If you really want to get deep into the weeds with comic book ties, Alias Grace screenwriter and Scripter finalist Sarah Polley starred in Justice League director Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead reboot. David E. Kelley, nominated for his episode of Big Little Lies, was the showrunner for the aborted Wonder Woman series on NBC.
Winners will be revealed at the 30th annual USC Scripter Awards on Saturday, February 10.