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Screenwriter David Koepp Honored with Writers Guild's Career Achievement Award

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by Beth Hanna
January 29, 2013 2:49 PM
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David Koepp

The Writers Guild of America, East announces screenwriter and director David Koepp will receive the Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement. The award, established in 1992, honors a WGA member for his or her body of work. It will be presented to Koepp at the 65th annual Writers Guild Awards on February 17.

Koepp's impressive writing credits include "Spider Man," "Mission: Impossible," "Carlito's Way" and Steven Spielberg's soon-to-be-rereleased "Jurassic Park." Koepp has also collaborated with Spielberg on "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and "War of the Worlds."

Screenwriter Scott Frank ("Out of Sight," "Minority Report") will present the award to Koepp.

Oscar-nominated "Lincoln" scribe Tony Kushner will receive the WGA's Paul Selvin Award.

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  • Brian | January 30, 2013 10:51 AMReply

    Why is there an award named after Ian McLellan Hunter? His single most distinguished credit was for a film he didn't even write, ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953), on which he served as a "front" for the blacklisted Dalton Trumbo. The rest of Hunter's credits are mostly for B-movies and decidedly minor works. Granted, I find some of them interesting, esp. THE COURAGEOUS DR. CHRISTIAN (1940), and I do have a soft spot for his later fantasy film, CAPTAIN SINDBAD (1963), directed by Byron Haskin, but if there's an overriding reason for naming an award after him I can't fathom it. Unless there are some good works he was involved with that are not reflected in his IMDB filmography. I'm curious to know more.

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