Curtis Hanson: Oscar-winning writer and director dies at 71

Oscar-winning writer and film director Curtis Hanson has died at his home in Hollywood at the age of 71, police say.

According to a police spokeswoman, he died of natural causes. A report said he had been retired in recent years due to Alzheimer’s.

Starting as a writer for the magazine Cinema, he later won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for LA Confidential.

He also directed Eminem’s Detroit hip-hop movie, 8 Mile.

Officers visited Hanson’s home for a “death investigation” and he was pronounced dead at the scene, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Hanson, born in Reno, Nevada, began screenwriting and directing in the early 1970s, but it was only in 1992, with The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, that he found success.

He went on to direct The River Wild with Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon, in 1994, and Wonder Boys with Tobey Maguire and Michael Douglas, in 2000.

In 1997, he co-wrote the screenplay for LA Confidential from James Ellroy’s novel about crime in 1950s Los Angeles.

On Twitter, Bacon said: “So sad to hear about Curtis Hanson. great director. great man. Riding that river with him was one of the greatest gigs of my life.”

Most recently he directed the HBO film Too Big To Fail, about the financial crisis, in 2011, and 2012’s Chasing Mavericks, with Gerard Butler and Elisabeth Shue.

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