Brian Helgeland

Brian Helgeland

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

Lowest Rated: 8% 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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Credit
37% 51% Spenser Confidential Screenwriter - 2020
61% 59% Legend Director,
Screenwriter
$1.9M 2015
81% 85% 42 Director,
Screenwriter
$95.1M 2013
43% 58% Robin Hood Screenwriter $105.2M 2010
53% 57% Green Zone Screenwriter $35.0M 2010
38% 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
38% 89% Man on Fire Screenwriter $77.9M 2004
88% 89% Mystic River Screenwriter $90.1M 2003
8% 38% The Order Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
$7.7M 2003
44% 35% Daredevil Screenwriter $102.5M 2003
52% 40% Blood Work Screenwriter - 2002
59% 79% A Knight's Tale Director,
Writer,
Producer
$56.1M 2001
55% 69% Payback Director,
Screenwriter
$81.5M 1999
99% 94% L.A. Confidential Writer $64.6M 1997
8% 50% The Postman Screenwriter $17.6M 1997
57% 64% Conspiracy Theory Writer $76.1M 1997
16% 45% Assassins Screenwriter - 1995
No Score Yet 54% Highway to Hell Writer $12.3K 1991

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No Score Yet No Score Yet On Story Guest 2013-2014
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Director 1996
No Score Yet 100% Friday the 13th: The Series Writer 1989-1990