Screenwriters follow different paths


Ronald Harwood and Diablo Cody couldn't be more different. But in the craziness of awards season, the two screenwriters could well be on parallel tracks. While he's a master of adaptation, she's a total original.

Harwood, 76, and Cody, 29, are behind two of this year's left-field screenplay contenders, the Cannes-prize-winning "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and "Juno," which grabbed the top prize at the Rome Film Fest.

Harwood, the London playwright ("The Dresser") and Oscar winner ("The Pianist"), has seen it all before. Having started his career in 1960, filmmakers bring him the trickiest of literary adaptations, like "Diving Bell," which Harwood adapted from the late Elle magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby's 1996 memoir, and "Love in the Time of Cholera," based on the sprawling Gabriel Garcia Marquez romantic novel. Coming up in 2008 is Baz Luhrmann's period epic "Australia," which just wrapped principal photography Down Under.

(Source: Variety)


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