Brian Helgeland

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Brian Helgeland
Born Brian Thomas Helgeland
(1961-01-17) January 17, 1961 (age 53)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Occupation Director, producer, screenwriter

Brian Thomas Helgeland (born January 17, 1961) is an American screenwriter, film producer and director. He is most known for writing the screenplays for L.A. Confidential (for which he received an Academy Award), Mystic River, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.[1] Helgeland wrote and directed 42 (2013), a biopic of Jackie Robinson.

Early life[edit]

Helgeland was born in Providence, Rhode Island to Norwegian-born parents Aud-Karin and Thomas Helgeland. He attended Loyola Marymount University and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.[2][3][4]


In 1998, Helgeland won both an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (for L.A. Confidential) and a Razzie (for The Postman) the same year. Only one person had previously achieved the dubious feat (Alan Menken in 1993), and only one other (Sandra Bullock in 2010) has achieved it since. He accepted the Razzie and became only the fourth person in its history to be personally presented with the statuette.[citation needed]

Helgeland wrote and directed the films A Knight's Tale (2001) and The Order (2003). He has worked with director Clint Eastwood twice, in 2002 on Blood Work, and in 2003 on Mystic River, for which he was Oscar nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, and has written an as yet unproduced adaptation of Moby-Dick.

In 2004, Helgeland co-wrote the screenplay for the major motion picture The Bourne Supremacy, for which he was uncredited.[5] In early 2008, he was attached to shape the script of the thriller Green Zone[6] after screenwriter Tom Stoppard had to drop out,[7] again collaborating with director Paul Greengrass, whom he worked with on The Bourne Supremacy, as well as reuniting with actor Matt Damon, who played Jason Bourne.

Helgeland wrote the screenplay for the remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. The film was released on June 12, 2009.[8]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Helgeland profile, New York Times; accessed April 11, 2014.
  2. ^ "Film-makers on film: Brian Helgeland talks to Mark Monahan about Stuart Rosenberg's Cool Hand Luke (1967)". The Daily Telegraph (London, UK). 2003-09-06. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  3. ^ Helgeland profile,; accessed April 11, 2014
  4. ^ Profile,; accessed April 11, 2014
  5. ^ The Bourne Supremacy (2004) profile,; accessed April 11, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Michael Fleming (2008-01-09). "Amy Ryan set for Greengrass thriller". Variety. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  7. ^ Richard Brooks (2007-08-12). "The Bourne Ultimatum - Biteback". The Sunday Times. 
  8. ^ "Richard Donner And Mr. Beaks Talk INSIDE MOVES!". Aint It Cool News. February 19, 2009. 

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