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

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 11, 2011 1:45 AM
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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 "Devotchka," which made last year's Brit List, but hasn't had much activity otherwise.

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