‘Taken’ Writer To Get Some ‘Vengeance’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:39 pm,

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Action-thriller fans out there will probably remember the Liam Neeson film Taken, the sleeper hit which grossed over $200 million worldwide on a relatively small budget of just $25 million. I wasn’t a fan of the film myself (I don’t wanna’ get into why again), but clearly I’m in the minority.

Anyway, the writer of that film was Robert Mark Kamen, who even if you don’t know the name you’ll know the movies he’s written in the past: apart from Taken, on his resume is The Fifth Element, The Transporter trilogy and three Karate Kid movies.

We previously reported that Taken 2 is in the cards for Kamen and partner Luc Besson, but what else is on deck for the action writer? Well, Variety is reporting that CBS Films has struck a preemptive deal to acquire Vengeance, which is an action pitch by Kamen.

Despite material sales being few and far between in these financially troubling times, CBS Films prexy Amy Baer saw an opportunity with Vengeance, deciding to step up and take a chance on an action film with a modest budget that’s described as being in very much the same vein as Taken (“Why change a recipe that’s proven to work?” is probably Baer’s line of thinking). Kamen describes the project:

“Basically, it’s a contemporary revenge love story — what happens when violence meets love… The main characters are 20 and Italian, and there are themes that echo films like ‘The Godfather.’ It’s about family loyalty and how much someone owes their family and the past. It’s not set in the gangster milieu but just outside it.”

Sounds like a very interesting idea to me. I don’t know if a film akin to Taken can reach the level of The Godfather (I’m not attacking Taken, I just mean the TYPE of film that it is), but it’s intriguing Kamen wants to include themes that echo those of Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece.

I just wonder if Vengeance will be the same size of a hit that Taken was – after all they seem to be employing the same formula again. But perhaps there wasn’t an explainable reason for Taken‘s success and it just, for whatever reason, struck a chord with audiences. I’ll be interested to see how well Vengeance does at the box office.

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Liam Neeson in Taken

On a side note, Kamen has said that he and Besson (whom he co-wrote Taken with) have already scripted Taken 2, and are waiting for Liam Neeson’s availability next year before they move ahead with it. Good news, folks?

Do you like the sound of Kamen’s action pitch, Vengeance? Do you think it can have the same success that Taken had, given that it’s described as in the same vein?

Source: Variety

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  1. You werent a fan of Taken? One of the best action films of the decade, a film that out Bonded the last Bond movie?

    Is that a Joke?

  2. Out Bonded the last bond movie??? Ok gotta say I’m with you on the whole taken thing. I liked some parts of it but I hated the way Liam was treated as a father and former husband, hated the all the creepy sex trade stuff, and really didn’t like the way we had 10 different bad guys. The film should have ended when him finding the guy that kidnapped her and him making him wish he had never done it. Instead he finds the guy in 10 min and we realize that the next hour of the movie is going to create a new bad guy and more politics etc. It wasn’t a bad movie, and I understand why people liked it, but with the plot issues and the overall darkness of the movie – I just wasn’t a fan. Now about the Bond thing??? What qualities did the dad have that made him anything like Bond? Just don’t see it… Anyway, with all that said; I like Neeson and I like about half the movies this guy has done a lot (KK1&2, Trans1, and 5th E) so given some good previews then I’d prob see it.

  3. I really liked Taken. It was very fresh.

    I am a sucker for revenge films. Recently saw Law Abiding Citizen and freaking loved that movie. I’m on board.

  4. Loved Taken, but Neeson comin back? He already kicked ass when you messed with his family bad guys should know not to by now. Bring someone else in, I think it is a rare film that doesnt require the original cast. Maybe he can some sort of supporting role.

  5. I LOVE revenge films. Im amped up the whole time.

  6. In regards to my Bond comment, I meant in the level of action, it felt like the way a Bond movie should have played out.

  7. I like Ian’s idea. Have Taken 2 with Bruce Willis and Taken 3 be with Wesley Snipes (Just actors I’m pulling out of the air) and then have Taken 4 be a team up movie with all of them or something like that.

  8. Actually SamBeckett, I don’t think you need to clarify the Bond statement, I actually think it’s valid. He was more of the gritty realistic secret agent type character like from Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace was completely retarded…

  9. @ Ken J

    On this we will always agree!

  10. Quite like Taken, was a nice fresh (Very Besson) take on the genre, but I’m wondering…

    am I the only one who thinks Liam Neeson has a shaky American accent?

  11. Neeson doesnt really put on an accent in Taken does he?

    And once more I would like to heap praise on what was the best action flick I have seen for years, good story, original settings, great lead actor, and some of the best fight sequences committed to screen that didnt involve a wire fighting team(yawn). And considering Neeson’s age, I thought he did a really convincing turn as a one man killing machine.