Robert Mark Kamen

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Robert Mark Kamen
BornOctober 9, 1947
OccupationScreenwriter, producer, winemaker
Years active1981–present

Robert Mark Kamen is an American screenwriter, film producer and winemaker best known as creator and co-creator of The Karate Kid, Transporter and Taken franchises. Since 1999 he has produced Kamen wine from his vineyards near Sonoma, California.

Early life[edit]

Kamen grew up in the Bronx borough of New York City.[1] Starting in 1965, he took karate classes in Queens from instructor Ed McGrath.[2] He received a B.A. from New York University and a Ph.D in American Studies from The University of Pennsylvania.[3]

Career[edit]

Kamen is a frequent collaborator of French writer/director Luc Besson—his co-creator on The Fifth Element, The Transporter, and the Taken series of films. The two first worked together on the Natalie Portman and Jean Reno thriller The Professional. After the success of The Fifth Element, Besson invited Kamen to join him in his goal of creating a "mini-studio" in Europe, making "movies that would travel, international movies, you know, action movies."[4]

In 1980, after being paid $135,000 for his first screenplay (which was never produced), Kamen used the check to buy 280 acres of rocky land on Mount Veeder in Sonoma County, California. He hired winegrower Phil Coturri to make 46 acres into a vineyard in 1981. In 1984, the first grapes were sold to local winemakers. The vineyard suffered a fire in 1996, destroying half the vineyard. Kamen replanted the vineyard, and in 1999 he bottled his first Kamen-branded wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2002, Kamen hired Mark Herold to craft his wines.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Kamen lives on his vineyard in Sonoma County.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credit Notes
1981 Taps Screenplay by Co-wrote screenplay with Darryl Ponicsan and James Lineberger
1982 Split Image Co-wrote screenplay with Robert Kaufman, based on a story by Scott Spencer
1984 The Karate Kid Written by
1986 The Karate Kid Part II Written by, characters created by
1989 The Karate Kid Part III
The Punisher Producer, uncredited rewrite
1992 Gladiator Screenplay by, story by Co-wrote screenplay with Lyle Kessler, co-wrote story with Djordje Milicevic, as Robert Kamen
The Power of One Screenplay by
Lethal Weapon 3 Co-wrote screenplay with Jeffrey Boam, based on a story by Jeffrey Boam
Under Siege Uncredited rewite[6]
1993 The Fugitive
1994 The Next Karate Kid Characters created by
1995 A Walk in the Clouds Screenplay by Co-wrote with Mark Miller & Harvey Weitzman
1997 The Devil's Own Uncredited rewrite[7][8]
The Fifth Element Screenplay by Co-wrote with Luc Besson, story by Luc Besson
The Devil's Advocate Uncredited rewrite[9]
1998 Left Luggage Special thanks
2001 Kiss of the Dragon Screenplay by Co-wrote screenplay with Luc Besson, based on a story by Jet Li
2002 The Transporter Written by Co-wrote with Luc Besson
2005 Unleashed Artistic consultant, creative consultant
Transporter 2 Written by, characters created by Co-wrote with Luc Besson, characters created with Luc Besson
2006 Bandidas Written by Co-wrote with Luc Besson
2008 Taken
Transporter 3 Written by, characters created by Co-wrote with Luc Besson, characters created with Luc Besson
2010 The Karate Kid Story by
2011 Colombiana Written by Co-wrote with Luc Besson
2012 Taken 2 Written by, characters created by Co-wrote with Luc Besson, characters created with Luc Besson
2014 Brick Mansions Artistic consultant
Lucy Special thanks
Taken 3 Written by, characters created by Co-wrote with Luc Besson, characters created with Luc Besson
2015 Transporter Refueled Characters created by Characters created with Luc Besson
2016 The Warriors Gate Written by Co-wrote with Luc Besson
2019 Angel Has Fallen Co-wrote with Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt and Matt Cook[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hartlaub, Peter, "Robert Mark Kamen established his roots in Hollywood. But his heart is in the hills of Sonoma, where he tends to his vineyard," San Francisco Chronicle, March 11, 2004.
  2. ^ DeClemente, Bill (May 1994). "The One and Only Karate Kid". Black Belt. p. 15. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  3. ^ "Robert Mark Kamen - Kamen Wines".
  4. ^ Gotshalk, Shira, "The Script Assassin", Writers Guild of America, February, 2009.
  5. ^ Brown, Sunny (2008). "Kamen Estate Wines". Winegeeks. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  6. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (March 10, 2009). "Screenwriter Kamen is taken with director Besson". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "Devil's Own, The - Ethics & Public Policy Center". Ethics & Public Policy Center. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  8. ^ Pfeiffer, Lee; Lewis, Michael (2002-01-01). The Films of Harrison Ford. Citadel Press. ISBN 9780806523644.
  9. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (March 10, 2009). "Screenwriter Kamen is taken with director Besson". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  10. ^ D'Nuka, Amanda (February 23, 2018). "Tim Blake Nelson Boards 'Angel Has Fallen'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 9, 2018.

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