Brian Helgeland

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Brian Helgeland (born January 17, 1961 in Providence , Rhode Island , USA ) is an American screenwriter , director and film producer .


Brian Helgeland graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He then tried his hand at fishing in New England , but moved to Los Angeles in 1986 to gain a foothold in the film business. He earned his first spurs at the production company New Line , which at the time only produced horror films. In 1988 Nightmare appeared on Elm Street 4 , in whose script Helgeland was involved. In the same year he worked on Robert Englund's directorial debut 976-Evil . In 1992 he received the first single script credit for the film Highway to Hell . Then Hollywood producer Joel Silver offered him to work on a project by the Wachowski brothers , which was later filmed as Assassins - The Killer with Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas . In 1997 he had his final breakthrough with LA Confidential , the adaptation of James Ellroy's novel City of Devils , which earned him an Oscar, among other things. In the same year he also won a Golden Raspberry for the script for the film Postman .

After Helgeland made his directorial debut for an episode of Tales from the Crypt in 1989 , he tried his first film in 1999. Based on his own script, he filmed Payback with Mel Gibson . According to reports, he was pushed from the director's chair towards the end of the shooting by lead actor Gibson, who had about 30% of the film re-shot. His next directorial work Knight from Passion appeared in 2001. A year later he adapted the novel The Second Heart by Michael Connelly for director Clint Eastwood , on whose behalf he adapted Mystic River from the novel of the same name a year later .

Brian Helgeland often worked as a so-called Script Doctor . For example, for Postman - for which the Writers Guild of America later even awarded him a credit due to the extensive changes - and The Bourne Conspiracy . His son Martin is a screenwriter and sold his first script to Legendary Pictures , which he will executive produce with his son.

Filmography (selection)

Direction and script

Awards (selection)

  • 1998 - LA Confidential (Won)
  • 2004 - Mystic River (nominated)
  • 1998 - LA Confidential (Won)
  • 2004 - Mystic River (nominated)
  • 1998 - LA Confidential (Won)
  • 2004 - Mystic River (nominated)
Golden Raspberry
  • 1998 - Postman (Winner)


Individual evidence

  1. Legendary Pictures gets behind "SLAYER"  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  2. Legendary Acquires Martin Helgeland's Dragon-Themed Script 'Slayer'

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