Scribe to receive Ian McClellan Hunter Award for career achievement

The Writers Guild of America East has tapped screenwriter and director David Koepp to receive the Ian McClellan Hunter Award for career achievement.

The nod will be presented during the 65th annual Writers Guild Awards at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City on Feb. 17.

“For the past 25 years, David Koepp has written an extraordinary variety of movies that have thrilled audiences around the world — whether the exploits of Indiana Jones, the terror of genetically engineered dinosaurs at Jurassic Park or the derring-do of the Mission: Impossible team,” said WGA East prexy Michael Winship. “But more than those adventures, David has given us tales of character and emotion that capture and lift the human spirit.”

Credits include “Spider-Man,” “Jurassic Park,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Carlito’s Way,” “Panic Room,” “Angels & Demons,” “Death Becomes Her,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “The Paper,” “War of the Worlds” and as a writer/director, the horror film “Stir of Echoes,” the comedy “Ghost Town” and the action film “Premium Rush.”

Fellow screenwriter Scott Frank will present the award.

The Hunter Award was named in memory of longtime WGA East member Ian McClellan Hunter, whose more than 20 screen credits include “Eye Witness” and “A Woman of Distinction.” Harassed by the blacklist in the 1950s, he went on to write several television series under a pseudonym and then re-emerged as a writer on many television projects.

Past recipients of the award include Robert Benton, Walter Bernstein, Marshall Brickman, Horton Foote, Nora Ephron, Frank Gilroy, Ring Lardner Jr., Jules Pfeiffer, John Sayles and John Patrick Shanley.

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