Veteran Hollywood screenwriter finds true success again

"When I was living in L.A., I was like most screenwriters, spending years taking meetings with 25-year-old studio executives and dealing with the nightmare of the studio development process. I'd write a great script and it wouldn't go anywhere. It was frustrating as all hell. Film scripts aren't books that belong on a shelf. They're meant to be made. The thing Luc said when we first met that impressed me the most was that he promised me he'd make everything because he couldn't afford not to." 

- Robert Mark Kamen, writer of 'Taken'

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In Hollywood, lives are shortened all the time by envy and jealousy, but only screenwriters die of encouragement. People are happy to tell writers how much they adore their scripts, but actually getting them made is a whole other story. You can win an Oscar and still put in years of struggle trying to get your next project going.

But here's one exception: Robert Mark Kamen. And he has the world's greatest writing partner, a crazy French film visionary who has recently made a string of action-thriller hits, is building his own film studio and -- dream of all screenwriter's dreams -- doesn't ever rewrite Kamen's work.

If this were a script, it would be an offbeat buddy picture. At 61, Kamen is the crafty old veteran, with credits going back to 1981's "Taps" (which gave Tom Cruise his first major role) and 1984's "The Karate Kid."

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