Taken, the globe-trotting, action-thriller franchise from producer and writer Luc Besson that spawned three feature films starring Liam Neeson as retired CIA operative Bryan Mills, been approached by NBC for development of an original TV series spinoff. Given the property’s penchant for consistently depicting a grizzled Mills in the midst of various attacks upon his immediate family, with only a very particular set of skills at his disposal, the new series should offer a unique glimpse into the making of the movie trilogy’s one-man killing machine.
There is obviously still plenty of room for the series to develop as pre-production continues over the course of the coming months, though word has it that NBC may have found a certain creative executive with the experience on TV to steer Besson’s series on the right course, as Neeson exits the role of Mills and the character makes the move to the small screen.
According to Deadline, Alexander Cary, the current executive producer of Homeland since its second season on Showtime, will come on board to write and executive produce the new spinoff series for NBC, alongside EuropaCorp TV Studios USA president Matthew Gross, who was previously associated with Body of Proof at ABC. Cary will take on the principal role of showrunner due to his pre-existing overall deal with Universal TV, with whom he is already writing and executive producing The Watcher for Uni TV and Kapital Entertainment. That series is is also set to air on NBC.
Given Cary’s recent experience on Showtime, in addition to his work while running the shows Lie to Me at FOX and The Riches on FX, the TV executive is a good choice for bringing the Neeson action-vehicle to the small screen. With an award-winning, prime time political-thriller already under his belt, Cary is a likely candidate to turn what was a mere popcorn blockbuster into what might very well turn into a gripping, serial procedural in the same vein as 24.
Following the conclusion of the theatrical trilogy, fans of the original three films are likely to tune in for more action-centric theatrics from rising CIA operative Miller, even if Neeson will no longer be fulfilling the role. Although the lackluster critical reception received by the last two films in the feature trilogy may be cause for concern, the films remained a significant worldwide box office draw, suggesting this series will have plenty of viewers interested in watching the adventures of a young Bryan Mills.
Screen Rant will keep you posted on any further developments surrounding the Taken TV series at NBC.