Liam Neeson set to return for Taken 3

News Simon Brew 25 Jun 2013 - 06:19

Liam Neeson will return as Bryan Mills again, as Taken 3 takes a step forward...

We had the pleasure of interviewing Luc Besson a year or two, and while we were chatting to him, we asked him about the then-in-development Taken 2. He told us that "We won't have a third one. We'll have a second one, because it's almost a continuation of the first movie. You could even take one and two together, in a way, and that works. But I don't think we'll go like Transporter, for example, with two, three and four. We'll stop at the two. But we have room for a good second one".

Fate, however, had other ideas. Taken 2 went on to be a massive global hit, bringing in $375m at the global box office alone, off a production budget of $45m. Those kind of numbers could easily force a rethink in Besson's original comment, and that's just what's happened.

In fairness to Besson, he's likely to have had another idea or two for more Taken movies since we spoke to him, and he's going to be writing the screenplay for Taken 3 along with Robert Mark Kamen (work started at the end of last year). Furthermore, reports suggest that Liam Neeson will be returning as well, in exchange for the best part of $20m.

Neeson, too, had suggested that the franchise was done and dusted after Taken 2 ("I think were finished, that's it", he told us, adding "mind you, I thought we were finished with the first one!"). He's set to return though, alongside Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen, who are also in negotiations.

We've no idea who's directing this time around as of yet, but as we hear more, we'll keep you posted. In the meantime, here's our wishlist for Taken 3.


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A Good Day To Be Taken

Taken With A Vengeance

Taken 3 : Is This Seat Taken?

Taken To The Limit

Taken To The Bank In A Gold Limo With His $20m

Taken 3 : Misplaced
Taken To The Max
Taken The High Road
Taken Care Of Business
Taken Up Golf
Taken The P!ss

Taken Our Money

Taken 3: 'Seriously, why do we keep taking holidays to Europe'

**** off, not interested, yawn, etc

Taken 2 is up there as one of THE WORST films I've ever seen....

Yep it was awful

Mis-Taken If You Think This Will Be Good

Anyone else hoping for a crossover with Hostel??

Taken Seriously?

National Lampoon's Taken Vacation

The Muppets Taken Manhatten?

Liam Neeson - "Listen very carefully. I have a very particular set of skills. That does not include doing accents."

Taken It Up The Wrong 'Un

You again you're everywhere go away stinking

Take My Money, I Don't Have Good Taste in Movies!

Seriously, like, how the hell are you going to keep the realism? At least the first one was grounded in reality a bit... the second was okay, it just had a rubbish director who should never be allowed near movies again! And the script felt it needed something more than final fight in a turkish bath...

What the 2nd one was missing was he should have never been taking his daughter for driving lessons... he should've been training her to kick ass! Seriously, it should have been a moment where she was trapped in the hotel room, scared, then was found but realised her dads training was actually working and stabbed the bad dude in the neck. The violence and grit from the original was sadly missing in the sequel... especially the way he killed the last guy by leaning on him firmly! WTF?

Did anyone see The Smosh video Taken 3, it's a parody of taken where he's a teenager and they take his dog and then he kills them All , LOL

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