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]

Career[edit]

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. He keeps both statuettes on his mantle as "a reminder of Hollywood's idealistic nature and unrealistic expectations."[5]

Helgeland wrote and directed the films A Knight's Tale (2001), The Order (2003) and 42 (2013). 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.[6] In early 2008, he was attached to shape the script of the thriller Green Zone[7] after screenwriter Tom Stoppard had to drop out,[8] 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.[9]

Works[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Feature film Credit/Role Notes
1988 A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master Writer
1988 976-EVIL Writer
1992 Highway to Hell Writer/Producer
1995 Assassins Writer
1997 L.A. Confidential Writer Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Screenplay
London Critics Circle Film Award for Screenwriter of the Year
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Screenplay
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
USC Scripter Award
Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
1997 Conspiracy Theory Writer
1997 The Postman' Writer
1999 Payback Writer/Director Cognac Festival du Film Policier Audience Award
2001 A Knight's Tale Writer/Director/Producer
2002 Blood Work Writer
2003 Mystic River Writer Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay
PEN Center USA West Literary Award for Screenplay
Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
USC Scripter Award
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated — American Screenwriters Association Award
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated — Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay
Nominated — Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay
Nominated — London Critics Circle Film Award for Screenwriter of the Year
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated — Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2003 The Order Writer/Director/Producer
2004 Man on Fire Writer
2009 The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3' Writer
2009 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Writer
2010 Green Zone Writer
2010 Robin Hood Writer
2013 42 Writer/Director Hochi Film Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated — Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture
2015 Legend Writer/Director

References[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. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/97/Brian-Helgeland.html Helgeland profile, filmreference.com; accessed April 11, 2014
  4. ^ Profile, southcoasttoday.com; accessed April 11, 2014
  5. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/movies/person/93948/Brian-Helgeland
  6. ^ The Bourne Supremacy (2004) profile, imdb.com; accessed April 11, 2014.
  7. ^ Michael Fleming (2008-01-09). "Amy Ryan set for Greengrass thriller". Variety. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  8. ^ Richard Brooks (2007-08-12). "The Bourne Ultimatum - Biteback". The Sunday Times. 
  9. ^ "Richard Donner And Mr. Beaks Talk INSIDE MOVES!". Aint It Cool News. February 19, 2009. 

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