UTA Signs Director Simon West

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 12:39pm PDT
Mike Fleming

simonwestEXCLUSIVE: UTA has signed British helmer Simon West and his producing partner Jib Polhemus. West is in post-production on Wild Card, William Goldman’s adaptation of his book that stars Jason Statham and Sofia Vergara, with Sierra/Affinity financing. This comes … Read More »

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TV Trailer: Simon West’s Pilot ‘The Saint’

By | Monday April 1, 2013 @ 8:32am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Here is an exclusive first look at Adam Rayner as Simon Templar. Rayner and Eliza Dushku topline the latest take on Leslie Charteris’ 70-book The Saint franchise. The backdoor pilot was directed by Simon West from a script by Jesse Alexander. Brad Krevoy’s film and TV production company MPCA … Read More »

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Adam Rayner Lands Lead In ‘The Saint’ Remake From Jesse Alexander, Simon West

By | Friday December 7, 2012 @ 2:35am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Joe Utichi contributed to this report from London

EXCLUSIVE: Exactly fifty years after the premiere of the British spy series The Saint, a remake is picking up steam with a pilot directed by Simon West. British actor Adam Rayner has been cast in the title role made famous by Roger Moore in the original series. The remake, produced by Brad Krevoy, is not set at a network yet. Written/executive produced by Jesse Alexander (Heroes), it is slated to begin shooting a pilot later this month. In the project, debonair international thief Simon Templar (Rayner), a modern day Robin Hood, steals from rich criminals and keeps the loot for himself. A master of disguise, improvisation, martial arts, firearms and espionage and the quintessential English gentleman, he is hired by certain government agencies for special assignments. The completed pilot is expected to be shopped to networks. Read More »

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AFM: Simon West To Helm Remake Of Burt Reynolds Pic ‘Heat’ With Jason Statham

By | Thursday November 1, 2012 @ 11:09am PDT

Simon West has signed on to direct the remake of the 1987 Burt Reynolds movie Heat. The Expendables 2 director replaces Brian De Palma on the remake of the action film. Jason Statham, whom … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Expendables 2′

By | Thursday May 3, 2012 @ 5:18pm PDT

Looking for nonstop action and lotsa kaboom? The new trailer for The Expendables 2 delivers. Look for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis squeezed into a Smart car, among other small amusements. Directed by Simon West, it opens August 17.

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AFM: Gerard Butler, Sam Worthington, Matthew McConaughey Team For ‘Thunder Run’

By | Thursday October 27, 2011 @ 1:46pm PDT
Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES – October 27, 2011 – Gerard Butler, Sam Worthington and Matthew McConaughey will star in Freedom Films’ upcoming action thriller “Thunder Run” with Simon West set to direct, announced Brian Presley, CEO of Freedom Films, who will produce alongside Carissa Buffel and Kevin Matusow of Freedom Films and Jib Polhemus of The Graphic Film Company. Additional casting will begin in the next week. Hyde Park International has signed on for international sales.

“Thunder Run,” is an all CG 3-D action thriller based on the novel “Thunder Run – The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent David Zucchino. Adapting the story for the screen are Academy Award-winner Robert Port and Ken Nolan, screenwriter of “Black Hawk Down.” The Graphic Film Company will utilize proprietary facial-capture technology they used on West’s upcoming “Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3-D” along with the motion capture technology used in “AVATAR.”

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‘Expendables 2′ Sets Action Dream Trio: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis Join Sly Stallone

Mike Fleming

After The Expendables turned in a surprisingly strong $275 million worldwide gross, many have wondered what they would do for an encore. How’s this? Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis have just closed deals to take “substantial” roles in The Expendables Read More »

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Simon West To Direct ‘Expendables 2′

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After a long search, Simon West is the choice to direct The Expendables 2, the sequel to the 2010 surprise hit action film. West, who most recently directed the CBS Films remake of The Mechanic with … Read More »

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Lionsgate, IM Global Sign Distribution Pact

Mike Fleming

Lionsgate has acquired US distribution rights for three films backed by Stuart Ford’s IM Global. Each film has a one word title and falls into the hard core action genre. The first in the deal is Safe, a $30 million … Read More »

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