Robert Mark Kamen

Robert Mark Kamen

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Robert Mark Kamen is a screenwriter who has been writing major motion pictures for over twenty-five years. He is best known as creator and co-creator of the Karate Kid and Transporter franchises, as well as the 2009 thriller Taken.

Collaboration with Luc Besson

Kamen is a frequent collaborator of French writer, director and producer Luc Besson—his co-creator on The Fifth Element, The Transporter, and Taken. The two first worked together on the Natalie Portman and Jean Reno thriller The Professional; after the success of 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."Shira Gotshalk, "The Script Assassin," Writers Guild of America, February, 2009.

Background and education

Kamen grew up in the Bronx borough of New York City.Peter Hartlaub, "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. He received a B.A. from New York University and a Ph.D in American Studies from The University of Pennsylvania.


Kamen lives in New York, owns a vineyard in Sonoma, and commutes to work in Paris at Besson’s headquarters.Shira Gotshalk, "The Script Assassin," Writers Guild of America, February,...
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