Curtis Hanson, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind L.A. Confidential, has died at age 71.
According to TMZ, which first reported Hanson’s death, the director was found on Tuesday afternoon in his Hollywood Hills home, where he was pronounced dead of natural causes.
Hanson retired in 2011 during the production of the Gerard Butler surfing movie Chasing Mavericks, citing complications from recent heart surgery. He wound up sharing credit with Michael Apted, who stepped in to direct.
Though Hanson is perhaps best known for directing the National Film Registry-approved noir L.A. Confidential, for which he and co-writer Brian Helgeland won an Oscar for adapting the book by James Ellroy, he also made an impression on genre fans with his underrated 1992 thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, which made a killing at the box office. As well as the 1994 thriller The River Wild, which had fun pitting Meryl Streep against Kevin Bacon. There was also Bad Influence, which cast James Spader and Rob Lowe in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. Read more…