|Simon Nicolas West|
1961 (age 56–57)|
Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England
|Occupation||Film director, film producer|
The Expendables 2
|Spouse(s)||Amadea West (m. 1995)|
Early life and careerEdit
Born in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, West began his career in 1981 when he became an assistant film editor with the BBC in London. His heart wasn't in film editing, so he left the BBC after four years to become a freelance director.
West's career took off in 1985 when he was awarded a grant from the Arts Council of Great Britain to write and direct the film entitled Dolly Mixtures. He was subsequently signed to Limelight London to direct music videos and commercials. In 1987 he won Best Video at the Montreux Music Festival for Mel and Kim's Respectable. He also directed the video for Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" in the same year.
With a flourishing commercial career, West relocated to Los Angeles offices of Limelight in 1991. Moving to Pilot pictures in 1992, he received a Clio Award for Little Caesar's Airplane and a Golden Lion Award for Little Caesar's "Italian Feast."
West joined Propaganda Films in 1993 with a roster of credits including McDonald's, Sprite, AT&T, Ford, Miller Beer and Budweiser. His most famous commercial was a spot for Pepsi where a little boy sucks himself into a Pepsi bottle. The ad ran during the Super Bowl and was USA Today's highest rated commercial for that year.
In 1997, he directed the international blockbuster Con Air for Jerry Bruckheimer starring Nicolas Cage and John Malkovich and followed that up in 1999 with The General's Daughter starring John Travolta.
West originated the project Black Hawk Down after reading Mark Bowden's newspaper articles on the failed US mission in Somalia. West pitched the idea to his old collaborator Jerry Bruckheimer and spent 2 years developing the script with the writer Ken Nolan. Due to scheduling conflicts with West's other film Lara Croft Tomb Raider and a threatened SAG strike he was not able to direct the movie but served as an executive producer on the Oscar nominated Black Hawk Down.
West directed The Expendables 2, replacing the first film's director, Sylvester Stallone, with Stallone focusing on acting in and writing the film. Filming began in Summer 2011. West directed Nicolas Cage in the film Stolen in 2012.
In 2017 West directed his first feature musical comedy Gun Shy starring Antonio Banderas. Based on the novel Salty by Mark Haskhell Smith, West told Film Daily he bought the rights to the book for a bottle of tequila.
|1999||The General's Daughter||Yes||No|
|2001||Black Hawk Down||No||Yes||Executive producer|
|Lara Croft: Tomb Raider||Yes||No|
|2003||Keen Eddie||Yes||Yes||13 episodes|
|2006||When a Stranger Calls||Yes||No|
|2010||Human Target||Yes||Yes||1 episode|
|The Cape||Yes||Yes||1 episode|
|2012||The Expendables 2||Yes||No|
|Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn||No||Yes|
|The Saint||No||Yes||TV Movie|
- "The New York Times". The New York Times.
- "'The Blob' Remake Grows Again, This Time With Simon West". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
- Simon West unloads “Gun Shy” Film Daily, January 8, 2018