'Iron Man' an original for Scripter


The screenwriters of "Iron Man" as well as the scribes behind "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Reader" and "Revolutionary Road" join the "Slumdog Millionaire" team as finalists for the 21st annual USC Libraries Scripter Award.

The screenwriting teams Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway penned Marvel Studios' "Iron Man," which is based on the comic book series authored by Stan Lee and Don Heck, among others. It's the first time a superhero movie and its writers have made the Scripter finals and only the second time a movie based on a comic book or graphic novel has been a finalist, following 2005's "A History of Violence" by Josh Olson.

The other finalists are Eric Roth, who shares story credit with Robin Swicord, for "Button," based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald; David Hare and author Bernhard Schlink for "Reader"; Justin Haythe for "Road," based on the novel by Richard Yates; and Simon Beaufoy, who adapted Vikas Swarup's then-unpublished novel "Q&A" for the screen as "Slumdog."

The winners will be announced Jan. 30 at the Scripters' black-tie gala, a first in the award's history. (partialdiff)