‘8 Mile’ and ‘L.A. Confidential’ director Curtis Hanson has died

Hanson won an Oscar for co-writing the screenplay to 1997's 'L.A. Confidentia'

Veteran film director Curtis Hanson has died at the age of 71.

Hanson directed over 15 feature films during a 40-year career, including L.A. Confidential, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle and the acclaimed Eminem movie 8 Mile.

He won an Oscar for co-writing the screenplay to L.A. Confidential, and was also nominated for the Best Director prize for his work on the 1997 film, an adaptation of James Ellroy’s novel.

His more recent films included 2005’s In Her Shoes, a hit comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine, and 2012’s surfing biopic Chasing Mavericks.

The BBC reports that Hanson died of natural causes at his home in Hollywood, having retired in recent years due to Alzheimer’s.

Eminem has paid tribute to the late director in a statement, saying: “Curtis Hanson believed in me and our crazy idea to make a rap battle movie set in Detroit. He basically made me into an actor for 8 Mile. I’m lucky I got to know him.”

On Twitter, L.A. Confidential actor Russell Crowe and Kevin Bacon, who appeared in Hanson’s 1994 film The River Wild, are among those to have paid their respects. “In reality you made my career,” Crowe said of the late film-maker.