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'Harry Brown' Helmer Daniel Barber To Direct 'Strangers On A Train'-Esque Thriller 'Substitution'

11 August 2011 6:45 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As far as Hollywood calling cards go for British directors, Daniel Barber has a pretty good one. Not only did he pick up an Oscar nomination for his short "The Tonto Woman," but he then made his feature debut with the Michael Caine vehicle "Harry Brown," a slick, violent vigilante thriller that, if you overlook its questionable "Death Wish"-esque politics, had much to recommend it--from a technical standpoint at least. So far, however, Barber hasn't had the same overnight success that, say, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" director Rupert Wyatt managed--he's attached to direct the Russian mafia thriller… »

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Harry Brown Director Daniel Barber in Talks to Helm Alcon Entertainment Thriller Substitution

10 August 2011 3:57 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Following on the heels of his feature directorial debut, 2009's Harry Brown, Daniel Barber is now negotiating a deal that would hand him the reins to another thriller entitled Substitution. If talks go through, Barber would helm the pic for Alcon Entertainment and producers Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove, Kevin McCormick, and Steve Crystal. THR describes Substitution as Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 thriller Strangers on a Train meets the rigors of high school. Ian Shorr (Splinter) is currently penning the script which will see a substitute teacher coerce one of his students into a murderous scheme. I've yet to check out Harry Brown, so I'll refrain from commenting on Barber's capabilities as a filmmaker. That said, his short film The Tonto Woman was nominated for an Oscar for best live action short in 2008. That has to count for something, right? »

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