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Brian Helgeland

Mystic River (2003)
The Order (2003)
Blood Work (2002)
A Knight's Tale (2001)
Payback (1999)
Conspiracy Theory (1997)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
The Postman (1997)
Assassins (1995)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 - The Dream Master (1988)

The Order (2003)
A Knight's Tale (2001)
Payback (1999)

How a commerical fisherman becomes an A-List Hollywood screenwriter is itself an interesting story. Helgeland grew up in New England, the son of a commerical fisherman. Helgeland himself was fisherman but thought better of it after his first cold winter on the job. He decided to move someplace warm, and once in LA he found his calling after attending film school. After graduating, he sharpened his screenwriting teeth on such films as "A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master", "976-Evil", and "Highway to Hell". Things changed for Brian when he literally bumped into Richard Donner and finagled his way into scripting the Stallone/Banderas spy thriller "Assassins".
1997 was the best and worst of times for the screenwriter-director when he saw three of his screenplays produced: Kevin Costner's legendary bomb, "The Postman", "Conspiracy Theory", and the acclaimed James Ellroy adaptation "L.A. Confidential" for which Helgeland shared a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar with Curtis Hanson.

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