'National Treasure' Writers Win UCLA Honor

Screenwriters Cormac and Marianne Wibberley will receive the Hunter/Zakin Award May 21.

Screenwriters Cormac and Marianne Wibberley, known for films like National Treasure with Nicolas Cage and I Spy with Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson, will be presented with UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's 15th annual Lew and Pamela Hunter/Jonahan and Janice Zakin Chair Holder in Screenwriting Award in a ceremony at UCLA TFT's James Bridges Theater May 21.

The Wibberleys, who attended Mira Costa High School and UCLA, have written together for 20 years and produced more than $1.8 billion worth of hits. They are currently working on projects at Paramount and Fox. Mr. Wibberley is the youngest child of Leonard Wibberley, who wrote the 1960s bestsellers and Peter Sellers movies The Mouse That Roared and The Mouse on the Moon. "My dad would always say, 'Never become a writer. It’s a whore’s profession,' because you’re constantly pleasing editors," Cormac Wibberley told WGA West.

"Cormac is surprisingly sensitive, and I’m surprisingly kick-ass, so between the two of us, we can mix it up a little bit," said Mrs. Wibberley to WGA West, explaining the secret of their successful collaboration. "I think Cormac is funnier. I will say that I’m more of a taskmaster."

Like previous Hunter/Zakin Award winners Dustin Lance Black, Don Payne, Caroline Williams, Felicia D. Henderson, Mike Werb, Michael Colleary, and Sacha Gervasi, the Wibberleys will teach a 10-week seminar at UCLA TFT.