Olivier Megaton

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Olivier Megaton
Born (1965-08-06) 6 August 1965 (age 48)
Occupation Director, screenwriter, editor
Years active 1996–present

Olivier Megaton (born Olivier Fontana; 6 August 1965) is a French film director, writer, and editor best known for directing The Red Siren, Transporter 3, Colombiana, and Taken 2.

Early life[edit]

Fontana was born in France 20 years to the day after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and his choice of the artistic name, Megaton, was influenced by this, even though the Hiroshima bomb was only 16 kilotons. He grew up in a Paris banlieue, and after qualifying for a diploma in psychology, was active as an artist, including graffiti. After meeting Jean-Baptiste Mondino, he started working in films.[1][2][3][4]

Career[edit]

Megaton has directed Exit, The Red Siren, Transporter 3, and Taken 2.[5] Transporter 3 and Taken 2 received scores of 36% and 21%, respectively, on the meta-critic site Rotten Tomatoes. He was chosen to direct Mathilda, the sequel to Léon, but expressed the opinion that the film was unlikely to be made.[6] He also served as a second unit director for the film Hitman.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credited as
Director Writer Editor Second unit director
1996 Hard Head (short film) +
1997 One Dance, One Song (TV series) +
1998 No Happy End (short film) + +
Tout morose +
Je ne veux pas être sage (short film) + + +
1999 Histoires d'objets (TV series) +
Chambre n° 13 (TV series) +
2000 Exit + +
2001 Les redoutables (TV series) +
2002 The Red Siren + +
Chrysalis (short film documentary) + +
2006 Sable noir (TV series) + +
2007 Angie (short film) + +
Hitman +
2008 Transporter 3 + +
2011 Colombiana +
2012 Taken 2 +
2015 Taken 3 +

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olivier Megaton". Biographies et Filmographies. CinémaPassion. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Olivier Megaton - Biographie". Toutlecine.com. Hi-Pi / L’Odyssée Interactive. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Olivier Megaton - Biographie détaillée". AlloCiné. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Olivier Megaton halts at Eicar". News. EICAR. 2 April 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Bebealien (30 September 2009). "Interview Olivier Megaton – La grosse interview". Bebealien's world - Le blog qui aime le cinéma. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Holtreman, Vic (19 August 2010). "Exclusive: Olivier Megaton Says Sequel to ‘The Professional’ Unlikely". Screen Rant. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 

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