Born on January 17, 1961, Brian Helgeland is one of the only scriptwriter awarded for both an Academy Award (for L.A. Confidential) and a Razzie Award (for The Postman) the same year, a feat rarely achieved. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island to parents of Norwegian descent and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He majored in English at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and eventually graduated from the film school at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, after learning about them and eventually decided to make it as a job after he had initially worked as a fisherman. After working as a duo scriptwriter on small budget horror movies like ‘976-EVIL’ which was a horror comedy and ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master’, both releasing the same year (1988), Brian went on to both write and produce the movie ‘Highway to Hell’ in 1992. His first association with a big budget movie can be traced back to the 1995 action movie ‘Assassins’ with filmmaker
, with whom he would have his second collaboration in ‘Conspiracy Theory’ in 1997 that starred
and Julia Roberts.
Disappointingly, both movies couldn’t perform well at the box office leaving Brian with a broken morale. But as there is a silver lining, the same year would prove monumental for Brian as he was hired to write for the thriller ‘L.A. Confidential’ which won him his first Oscar Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie also earned him nominations both at the Golden Globes Awards and BAFTA Awards and several other awards and nominations from festivals and film societies all across the world.
However, the same year, he won the embarrassing Razzie Award for ‘The Postman’, only to become the 2nd person to achieve the dubious feat. And became only the 4th person to receive the award in person. At the Academy Awards, he was asked about accomplishing this feat to which he replied as that he'd like to display them both side-by-side on his mantle to remind him of the “Quixotic nature of Hollywood” presenting the artists with unrealistic expectations. His first movie as a director was the 1999 crime thriller ‘Payback’ reuniting with Mel Gibson after ‘Lethal Weapon: 4.’ and the movie was a box office success. He then went on to both write, direct and produce the Action/Adventure ‘A Knight’s Tale’ (2001) starring and the thriller ‘The Order’ (2003) both starring Heath Ledger. He has also worked with the renowned filmmaker Clint Eastwood on two projects named ‘Blood Work’ (2002) and ‘Mystic River’ (2003) for which he got nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay both at Oscars and Golden Globe Awards with great reviews and critics calling it one of the best movies of the year. He wasn’t given credit for co-writing the screenplay of the motion picture ‘The Bourne Supremacy’ directed by Paul Greengrass. He would reunite with him later when he wrote the script for the 2008 thriller ‘Green Zone.’
His other collaboration with major directors includes Tony Scott in the remake of ‘The Taking of Pelham 123’ (2009) starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta and Ridley Scott in ‘Robin Hood’ (2010). His other works include Man on Fire (2004), Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009). He directed the 2013 biopic ‘
’ and wrote the screenplay for the 2015 crime/drama ‘
,’ loosely based on ‘The Kray Twins’ starring
. In 1990, Brian co-wrote a script with the name ‘The Ticking Man’ with Manny Coto, which they sold for 1.2 million dollars. However, the film was never produced He has also been named as ‘Sexiest Director Alive’ by Glamour’s magazine in its April 2016 issue. He has also been added in the string of fake celebrity death reports after the fake news of his death went viral on social media and the internet on April 07, 2016. .