Liam Neeson Close to Returning for ‘Taken 3′

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They kidnapped his daughter in the first movie; then, both he and his ex-wife were captured in the sequel. So, who close to Bryan Mills will be “taken” in the third film, Taken 3?

Taken 1&2 co-writer Robert Mark Kamen announced that a third Taken installment would be developed, right after the sequel opened well at the U.S. box office (on its way to a $376 million global take on a $45 million budget). We are now hearing that Liam Neeson is closing a deal that will net him a big payday to reprise as the man with a “particular set of skills” and complete the hat trick.

Deadline is reporting that Neeson is closing a $20 million deal to return for Taken 3, which is a solid increase in salary over the $15 million he netted for Taken 2. No other cast members have been secured yet, but the script from Kamen and series producer/co-screenwriter Luc Beeson is reported to be “well in the works;” as such, production may start as early as the first quarter of 2014.

Kamen, when he spoke to about Taken 3 last year, said that the story will stray from the narrative approach on the first two movies since “we’ve taken everyone we can take.” He also suggested that the third installment will be the first genuine sequel in the series, since he feels that Taken 2 is more of “a continuation story” than anything else.

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Kamen’s right, in the sense that Taken 2 moves Bryan Mills’ personal story forward – by focusing on his efforts to be a good father to his daughter (Maggie Grace) and leave his days of killing foreign criminals behind him – and, in addition, further develops the post-9/11 political subtext featured in the original film. Taken 3 could build on the momentum of its predecessor and, as a result, serve as a proper conclusion to the Taken trilogy.

The Hangover Part III managed to do as much for the Hangover franchise, yet the change in plot formula – following a carbon-copy second installment that failed to impress – seemed to prompt more complaints than expected (which took its toll at the box office).

Taken 3 is also coming off a sequel that many felt was lacking when compared to the first movie (with many complaints pointing to a lack of freshness) – but, will moviegoers be more willing to follow Bryan Mills on a different adventure, than they were the Wolfpack?

Are you interested in seeing Taken 3? Or was two Taken movies enough for you?


We’ll keep you posted on Taken 3 as the story develops.

Source: Deadline

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  1. As lon if they improve the action close combat between Grav Maga and Wing Chun i’m in it.
    To naysayers i wathed Bourne Legacy and in comperison to Taken 2 is lacking the action and more borring too uch mumble jumble.
    Taken 2 is way better in action and set pices.
    I’m for Taken 3, i don’t minf if they use the same formular of the fort and seconf but the best direction could work will be Making Bryina Mills an outlow or failed assain like in Bourne Franchise, and it will out do both the first and second.
    And please if you do car chases maken them prper, and more action driven to have depth and energy when watching like Bourne frcnchise and Ronin the best car chases.
    Good Luck

  2. Can you guys imagine a showdown between Leon and Brian Mills? That would be epic.

  3. The second one felt so forced, don’t care to see a third.

  4. His granddaughter will be ” taken ” this time around.

  5. TAKEN 3 SYNOPSIS – In 2014 audiences around the world will see ex-agent Bryan Mills return in TAKEN 3. In Taken 1 they took his daughter, in TAKEN 2 they took his wife and now in TAKEN 3 they (the studios) will take all of your money and leave you feeling like a cheap …

    I personally loved TAKEN and was excited about TAKEN 2 until I saw it. I’m easy to please when it comes to movies so when I say TAKEN 2 was really bad its hard to imagine many people actually liking it. I can’t believe it made 300+ million. Maybe it was all front loaded, before too many people caught word of how bad it was.

  6. I’m sorry, I love the Taken movies, but who would be stupid enough to mess with Liam Neeson… Again!!!

  7. I would see Taken 3 but only if his family is not in it and he is assisting the government or a warlord with his buddies from the first movie.

    I thought they should’ve continued that story. Who are his friends? What kind of work did he do? You could launch another franchise with them focusing on people who get kidnapped.

    Happens in Latin America all the time. Taken meets “Man On Fire”.

  8. @Sandy

    I kind of disagree on what Taken 2 was missing compared to the first one. It’s not freshness, I don’t mind sequels. The reason why Taken 2 didn’t work while Taken 1 did was that 2 was missing the sense of urgency that the first one had. In the first taken, the audience is given a timeline of what he has to work with. Then we watch as a man is torn between being a father who wants to dish out as much pain as he can to the people involved with his daughter’s kidnapping and a meticulous [former]CIA agent doing what is needed to accomplish his mission. You see that most of the time he’s very methodical in what he does, but then you see moments of rage where he doesn’t just knock a guy down and move on, he knocks him down and punches him while he’s already no longer a threat. Or instead of just shooting the kingpin once to kill him, he empties his magazine into his body out of anger. And then you also have that “OMG” moment when he shoots the inspector’s wife, showing that even innocents will not stand in his way of getting his daughter back. The combination of those things I think really taps into our empathy for his situation, it’s more than a mission, it’s personal for him and we can understand where he’s coming from. Oh, but honestly, they cut out a lot of the things I mentioned in the American version. This is one of those movies where you really need to see the uncut version to really appreciate.

    The second one seemed like it was just riding on the popularity of the first one. Turning his meticulous ways into a gag, trying to get tension through drawn out chase scenes, just things that rely too heavily on the people’s love for the first one and not enough of that sense of urgency and empathy the first one got from the viewers.

    At least that’s my take on the differences between the first and second one.

  9. Bring it on! Taken 2 didn’t quite match up to the first film, but that’s because the first film was accidental brilliance that you can never recreate, no matter how hard you try. As long as Luc Besson creates the third one, he will find a way to entertain us. I’m thinking the story of Taken 3 should be more centered around his colleagues.