Brian Helgeland

Screenwriter, Director, Producer
After getting his start writing low budget horror movies like "976-EVIL" (1988) and "A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" (1988), writer-director Brian Helgeland developed into an Academy Award-winning scribe ... Read more »
Born: 01/17/1961 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Filmography

Writer (21)

Legend 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

42 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Green Zone 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Robin Hood 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Robin Hood 2010 (Movie)

(Story By)

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Taking of Pelham 123 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Man on Fire 2004 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Mystic River 2003 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Order 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blood Work 2002 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

A Knight's Tale 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Payback 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Conspiracy Theory 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

L.A. Confidential 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Postman 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Assassins 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Highway to Hell 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

976-EVIL 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (6)

Legend 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

42 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The Order 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

A Knight's Tale 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Payback 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

A Slight Case of Murder 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director
Producer (4)

The Order 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Knight's Tale 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

L.A. Confidential 1997 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Highway to Hell 1992 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Biography

After getting his start writing low budget horror movies like "976-EVIL" (1988) and "A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" (1988), writer-director Brian Helgeland developed into an Academy Award-winning scribe and one of the top script doctors in the business. Helgeland had his first taste of big-budget Hollywood filmmaking with "Assassins" (1995) and "Conspiracy Theory" (1997), both of which were directed by Richard Donner. But it was his adaptation of James Ellroy's dense crime noir "L.A. Confidential" (1997) that not only won him an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, but also launched him to the top tier of Hollywood scribes. From there, he was able to embark on his first directing effort, "Payback" (1999), a dark crime thriller that led to his sophomore helming effort, "A Knight's Tale" (2001), which became a surprise hit at the box office. Following his understated mystery thriller "The Order" (2003), Helgeland returned strictly to writing scripts, working with big name directors like Clint Eastwood on "Blood Work" (2002) and "Mystic River" (2003), Tony Scott on "The Taking of Pelham 123" (2009), and Ridley Scott on "Robin Hood" (2010).

EDUCATION

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles , California

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

North Dartmouth , Massachusetts 1983

Milestones

2010

Penned the adaptation of Paul Greengrass' war film, "Green Zone"

2010

Penned the screenplay adaptation of "Robin Hood," directed by Ridley Scott

2009

Wrote the remake of "The Taking of Pelham 123," starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta

2004

Wrote the feature adaptation of "Man on Fire"; starred Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning

2003

Wrote and directed "The Order" (also known as "Sin Eater")

2003

Wrote the feature adaptation for Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River"; received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay

2002

Penned the script for the crime thriller "Blood Work"; directed by and starring Clint Eastwood

2001

Wrote and directed the medieval action adventure "A Knight's Tale"

1999

Made feature directing debut with "Payback"; starred Gibson and Maria Bello; also scripted; reportedly lost final cut to Gibson who shot new footage

1998

Re-teamed with Donner for "Lethal Weapon 4"; starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover

1997

Co-wrote (with director Curtis Hanson) the screenplay adaptation of James Elroy's acclaimed novel, "L.A. Confidential"

1997

Received sole writing credit for Donner's "Conspiracy Theory"

1997

Co-wrote (with Eric Roth) the feature adaptation of "The Postman"; directed by and starring Kevin Costner

1996

TV directing debut, the "A Slight Case of Murder" episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt"; also wrote episode

1995

First association with Richard Donner on "Assassins"

1992

Received first solo screenwriting credit for "Highway to Hell"

1988

Penned the script for Robert Englund's "976-Evil"

1988

Made screenwriting debut with Renny Harlin's "A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master"

1986

Moved to Los Angeles

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