The debate continues:

Did the screenwriters for Children of Men take a novel written by a Christian, which offered a profoundly Christian vision of human depravity and redemption, and turn it into an attack on Christianity?

Or were they just interested in taking P.D. James’ premise and exploiting it for their own purposes?

Does it really qualify for an adaptation at all?

Does James care? Did she sign off on this version of the story?

Is it a work of literary sabotage, or creative re-imagining?

Well… whatever the case, the USC Libraries Scripter Award has just been handed to P.D. James AND the five screenwriters of Children of Men: Alfonso Cuaron, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby.

Scripter is awarded annually by the University of Southern California Libraries to honor writers for the best achievement in adaptation among English-language films released during the previous year and based on a book, novella or short story. Scripter is unique among entertainment and literary awards in that it recognizes both the authors and the screenwriters of a produced book-to-film adaptation.

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