James Mangold’s Logan has received a surprise nomination for the 2018 Writers Guild Awards for best adapted screenplay.
The critically acclaimed film, which marked the end of Hugh Jackman’s 17-year tenure as Wolverine, is set in a near-future in which the X-Men are dead, mutants are virtually extinct and an aging Logan is left to care for an ailing Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), even as his own abilities fail him. The R-rated drama also introduces new generation of young mutants, led by Dafne Keen’s X-23.
Mangold is credited with the screenplay along with Scott Frank (Minority Report, The Wolverine) and Michael Greene (Alien: Covenant, Blade Runner 2049). Logan will compete in the best adapted screenplay category against Call Me by Your Name, The Disaster Artist, Molly’s Game and Mudbound.
Other genre properties nominated include The Shape of Water for best original screenplay, and Game of Thrones and Stranger Things for best drama series. In the digital realm, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot had two episodes — “John Hancock” and “Justicia” — nominated for best short form new media adapted, along with the “Chapter 2” story from The Walking Dead: Red Machete digital series from AMC.
Presented by the Writers Guild of America, the winners of the 2018 awards will be announced Feb. 11. The full list of nominees can be found on the WGA website.
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