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      Brian Helgeland

      Brian Helgeland

      Highest Rated: 99% L.A. Confidential (1997)

      Lowest Rated: 10% The Order (2003)

      Birthday: Jan 17, 1961

      Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, USA

      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).

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      THE ORDER, Writer/director Brian Helgeland on the set, 2003, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. LEGEND, center: director Brian Helgeland, right: cinematographer Dick Pope on set, 2015. ph: Simon Mein/©Universal Pictures LEGEND, center: director Brian Helgeland, cinematographer Dick Pope (behind camera) on set, 2015. ph: Simon Mein/©Universal Pictures 42, (aka FORTY-TWO), from left: Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, director Brian Helgeland, on set, 2013. ph: D. Stevens/©Warner Bros. Pictures A KNIGHT'S TALE, director Brian Helgeland, Heath Ledger, on set, 2001. © Columbia Pictures A KNIGHT'S TALE, director Brian Helgeland on set, 2001. © Columbia Pictures LEGEND, director Brian Helgeland on set, 2015. ph: Simon Mein/©Universal Pictures Brian Helgeland at arrivals for 42 Premiere (FORTY-TWO Premiere), TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman''s), Los Angeles, CA April 9, 2013. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      30% 61% Finestkind Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2023
      36% 51% Spenser Confidential Screenwriter - 2020
      61% 59% Legend Director,
      Screenwriter
      $1.9M 2015
      81% 85% 42 Director,
      Screenwriter
      $95.1M 2013
      44% 58% Robin Hood Screenwriter $105.2M 2010
      53% 57% Green Zone Screenwriter $35.0M 2010
      37% 42% Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Screenwriter $13.8M 2009
      51% 52% The Taking of Pelham 123 Screenwriter $65.5M 2009
      No Score Yet 70% Payback: Straight Up Director - 2006
      39% 89% Man on Fire Screenwriter $77.9M 2004
      89% 89% Mystic River Screenwriter $90.1M 2003
      10% 38% The Order Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $7.7M 2003
      43% 35% Daredevil Screenwriter $102.5M 2003
      52% 40% Blood Work Screenwriter - 2002
      59% 79% A Knight's Tale Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $56.1M 2001
      56% 69% Payback Director,
      Screenwriter
      $81.5M 1999
      99% 94% L.A. Confidential Writer $64.6M 1997
      12% 50% The Postman Screenwriter $17.6M 1997
      57% 64% Conspiracy Theory Writer $76.1M 1997
      16% 45% Assassins Screenwriter - 1995
      No Score Yet 52% Highway to Hell Writer $12.3K 1991

      TV

      Credit
      82% 97% Tales From the Crypt Director 1996
      No Score Yet 68% Friday the 13th: The Series Writer 1989-1990