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SIMON WEST (Director), British born filmmaker, started at the BBC in London as an editor. He then moved on to direct several award-winning commercials. His films include "Con Air" starring Nic Cage, "The General's Daughter" starring John Travolta, "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" starring Angelina Jolie and "When a Stranger Calls" starring Camilla Belle. All of these pictures either made over $100 million domestically or opened at number 1 or both.

West also served as an executive producer on the OscarĀ® nominated "Black Hawk Down." He will be teaming up again with "Black Hawk Down" writer Ken Nolan to direct "Thunder Run" based on the book "Thunder Run" written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Zucchino. It is the first tank battle film in many years.

His television company has produced acclaimed series such as Fox's "Keen Eddie," the CBS series "Close to Home," Fox's "Human Target" and the NBC series "The Cape."

West recently directed the action-packed remake of "The Mechanic" starring Jason Statham and Ben Foster. He is currently in preproduction to again direct Nic Cage in "Medallion," a fast-paced action thriller set during Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

West's future projects consist of the biopic "Dali" based on the life and times of its namesake, the comedy "Salty" based on the novel of the same name and the witty caper "Getting Even" written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais who together penned "The Bank Job" and "Across the Universe."


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