By Olu Alemoru, Staff Writer
After chronicling baseball icon Jackie Robinson in biopic “42,” filmmaker Brian Helgeland turns to a decidedly less heroic real-life canvas for his next picture, gangland crime in 1960s London.
Helgeland has written a script and will direct a film focusing on one half of the notorious Kray twins — Reginald and Ronald — kingpins of protection rackets, armed robberies and assaults whom mingled with celebrities like David Bailey, Judy Garland, Diana Dors and Frank Sinatra.
Reggie and Ronnie, as they were better known, were portrayed by Spandau Ballet’s Martin and Gary Kemp in the 1990 feature “The Krays.”
Meanwhile, Helgeland revealed that he would be concentrating on the life of Reggie Kray (older by 10 minutes) as he sought to control the psychotic tendencies of his younger twin. Hegeland talked about the project at a Writer’s Guild of America West reception Oct. 10, held at the Capital Grille in the Beverly Center.
He was joined by other noted screenwriters, such as Billy Ray (“Captain Phillips”) and Scott Cooper (“Out of the Furnace”).
“I handed in the script two weeks ago,” said Helgeland, who told a reporter he hung out in London with well-known Krays’ associate Freddie Foreman, who is now 75. “I had drinks with him in his local haunt. When we finished he got up to go and they feted him at the bar. I said to him, ‘what about the bill?’ and he replied, ‘we don’t pay.’”
Reggie (left) and Ronnie Kray. Wikipedia/David Bailey