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Olivier Megaton (born Olivier Fontana; 6 August 1965)[1] is a French director, writer, and editor best known for directing The Red Siren, Transporter 3, Colombiana, and Taken 2, and Taken 3.

Olivier Megaton
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Olivier Megaton at Taken 3 Premiere in 2014
Olivier Fontana

(1965-08-06) 6 August 1965 (age 53)
OccupationDirector, screenwriter, editor
Years active1996–present


Early lifeEdit

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. He grew up in a Paris banlieue, and after qualifying for a diploma in psychology, was active as a graphic artist and also adept in graffiti art. After meeting music video director Jean-Baptiste Mondino, he started working in films.[1][2][3][4] Fontana first started making shorts and video clips before finally directing feature films.[5]

He is of Italian descent.[6]


Fontana has directed Exit, The Red Siren, Transporter 3, Taken 2, and Taken 3.[7] Transporter 3 and Taken 2 received scores of 36% and 21%, respectively, on the critic-aggregator 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.[8] He also served as a second unit director for the film Hitman. His trademark technique in film directing involves intentionally disorienting camerawork and editing.[9]

Aside from film making, Fontana is also a published author after his novel entitled, Le Facteur humain, was released in 1998.[5]


Year Film Credited as
Director Writer Editor Second unit director
1996 Hard Head (short film) Yes
1997 One Dance, One Song (TV series) Yes
1998 No Happy End (short film) Yes Yes
Tout morose Yes
Je ne veux pas être sage (short film) Yes Yes Yes
1999 Histoires d'objets (TV series) Yes
Chambre n° 13 (TV series) Yes
2000 Exit Yes Yes
2001 Les redoutables (TV series) Yes
2002 The Red Siren Yes Yes
Chrysalis (short film documentary) Yes Yes
2006 Sable noir (TV series) Yes Yes
2007 Angie (short film) Yes Yes
Hitman Yes
2008 Transporter 3 Yes Yes
2011 Colombiana Yes
2012 Taken 2 Yes
2014 Taken 3 Yes
TBA The Last Days of American Crime Yes


  1. ^ a b "Olivier Megaton". Biographies et Filmographies. CinémaPassion. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2010. Olivier Megaton est né le 6 août 1965, soit vingt ans jour pour jour après la première explosion nucléaire à Hiroshima. D'où son pseudonyme ... alors que son vrai nom est Fontana. Son enfance se déroule en banlieue parisienne, marquée par un goût prononcé pour le dessin. / Olivier Megaton was born August 6, 1965, twenty years to the day after the first nuclear explosion in Hiroshima. Hence his nickname ... while his real name is Fontana. He grew up in the Paris suburbs, marked by a pronounced taste for drawing.
  2. ^ "Olivier Megaton - Biographie". 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. ^ a b Rege, Philippe (2010). Encyclopedia of French Film Directors, Volume 1. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 696. ISBN 9780810861374.
  6. ^ "Interview of Olivier Megaton : know better the director". Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  7. ^ Bebealien (30 September 2009). "Interview Olivier Megaton – La grosse interview". Bebealien's world - Le blog qui aime le cinéma. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  8. ^ Holtreman, Vic (19 August 2010). "Exclusive: Olivier Megaton Says Sequel to 'The Professional' Unlikely". Screen Rant. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  9. ^ "Olivier Megaton". IMDb. Retrieved 7 August 2018.

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