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Brian Thomas Helgeland (born January 17, 1961) is an Academy Award-winning American screenwriter, film producer and director.

Early life

Helgeland was born in Providencemarker, Rhode Islandmarker. His mother, Karin, is from Norwaymarker and his father from Brooklynmarker, New Yorkmarker. His surname Helgeland is Norwegian, named after a landscape in Northern Norway. A graduate of Loyola Marymount Universitymarker in Los Angelesmarker, he received his undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouthmarker.


In 1998, Helgeland became the first person to win both an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (for L.A. Confidential) and a Razzie (for The Postman) in the same year. He accepted the Razzie and became only the fourth person in its history to be personally presented with the statuette.

Helgeland wrote and directed the films A Knight's Tale (2001) and The Order (2003), which both featured the same core group of actors: Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, and Mark Addy. 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 also written an as of yet unproduced adaptation of Moby-Dick. In 2004, Helgeland also co-wrote the screenplay for the major motion picture The Bourne Supremacy, for which he was uncredited. In early 2008, Helgeland was attached to shape the script of the upcoming thriller Green Zone after screenwriter Tom Stoppard had to drop out, once again collaborating with director Paul Greengrass, whom he worked with on The Bourne Supremacy, as well as reuniting with actor Matt Damon, who played the Bourne trilogy's main protagonist, Jason Bourne. Helgeland also wrote the remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta. The film was released on June 12, 2009. In 2009, director Richard Donner mentioned a second collaboration with writer Helgeland and actor Mel Gibson on an unnamed project.



  2. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

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