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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