'Prada' duo to be feted at lit awards
“The Devil Wears Prada” scribe Lauren Weisberger and helmer David Frankel will receive the inaugural Variety Blockbuster Book to Film nod at this year’s Quill Awards.Award recognizes the best translation of book content to film from July 1, 2005 to July 1, 2006. Vogue intern-turned-author Weisberger and the multihyphenate Frankel turned “Prada” into a counterprogramming hit amid summer’s action-driven tentpoles; pic raked in $124 million domestically. “Prada” represents an “inspired example of transforming fiction to film, of the novel interacting constructively with the alchemy of filmmaking,” said Variety editor-in-chief and vice president Peter Bart. The Quills honor scribes in 18 additional categories, including book of the year, general fiction, debut author and poetry. “Books ignite the imaginations of filmmakers to create living art, and the Variety Blockbuster Book to Film Award honors that craft,” said Quill Awards chairman Gerry Byrne. Kudos will be doled out Oct. 10 in a gala hosted by NBC’s Lester Holt at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Ceremony will air on NBC O&Os and various network affiliates on Oct. 28. Among the presenters slated to appear are Donald Trump, Anderson Cooper and James Carville. The Quill Awards are sponsored by Reed Business Information, parent company of both Publishers Weekly and Variety.
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