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Updated: Liam Neeson Will NOT Leave Behind the 'Taken' Sequel

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March 16, 2011
Source: Deadline

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After the surprising box office success of Taken in 2009, a sequel seemed pretty much inevitable and Robert Mark Kamen was brought on to script the follow-up in March of 2009. Flash forward to the present and now it seems like there may be trouble for the action sequel as Deadline says Liam Neeson is in danger of being replaced on the production. Why? Well, Neeson wants to take some time off, but producer Luc Besson is ready to have Transporter 3 helmer Oliver Megaton direct the film this year. Apparently things have gone so sour that Besson has even assembled a series of potential replacements for the film. Find out who below!

Though it sounds like a deal may likely end up reeling Neeson in by having him shoot in Istanbul later this year and still have some time off, the names in the running to replace him include Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Ralph Fiennes (Clash of the Titans), Ray Winstone (Edge of Darkness), Sean Bean (National Treasure) and Jason Isaacs (Green Zone). As much as I love Neeson's ass-kicking antics in the first film, I would love to see Ralph Fiennes or Jason Isaacs step up to the plate for a film like this.  Of course, you can bet plenty of people will want Neeson back for the sequel after loving seeing a guy at his age kicking so much ass. How about you?

UPDATE: Well, that was fast. Deadline has updated their story saying that the scheduling debacle between Liam Neeson and Luc Besson has since been resolved and the actor's agents are in the midst of closing a deal for him to reprise his role in Taken 2. Whew, that was close!

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  • Enzo
    Please come back Liam! I really wanna see him in the sequel
    • Alattegirl
      Gotta have Liam Neeson, wouldn't be the same without him!
  • Merc
    Ugh, I was blown away by Taken but does it really need a sequel? And to go through the common Hollywood process of getting made anyway and snagged with a different lead? Makes me sad.
    • merc i was thinkin the same thing! and its good that Liam is gonna be in the sequel cuz no matter how bad or good its gonna be . . the only reason most people will see it is for Liam Neeson
  • jah p
    Ralph all the way!!
  • Ron
    I thought Taken was just alright and the only thing that made it any good was Liam Neeson. I don't see how replacing him would make this a 'sequel'.
  • Anonymous
    Without Liam, I will not be seeing it in theaters. that's for sure.
  • JJ.King
    2nd that Merc
  • Spider
    I sure hope Neeson returns! Mickey Rourke could be a suitable replacement, though.
  • Anonymous
    I can see it now "She got kidnapped again! oh she's on her own now"
  • Its only been 2 years since his wife died. He should be able to take all the time he needs..
  • Quazzimotto
    Enjoyed Taken, although I hated the spoiled daughter angle and Famke Janssen' "doting mother" character was even worse. This doesn't need a sequel. I'd love to see Ralph Fiennes in a role like this, but not this particular film in general. A sequel is completely unnecessary.
  • Craig
    Ralph Fiennes could pull it off.
  • Edward Nigma
    Taken should have gone down as a one off future CLASSIC! Films like Taken should NEVER have sequels made. Dont fix what is not broken!
  • vegasdanny
    Mickey Rourke? Someone must have been high when they thought of that one! Ray Winstone? Pie eating maybe..... The reason Neeson works so well in this role is the fact that for a guy of his age he is in great shape. He is a big man that still looks like he could handle himself (very much like an ex-Forces veteran). Even worse than the idea for a Taken sequel without Neeson is a new 'Bourne' film without Matt Damon! I believe Liam Neeson is keen to do the sequel as he has expressed his enjoyment of the action genre and seems to have re-invented himself as the thinking man's action hero.
  • Chris
    Taken was a really great. As much as I would like to see a sequel, there really isn't a need for one. In my opinion the ending was very satisfying. But when you think about it, maybe the Albanians will want revenge? I will probably end up seeing Taken 2, but I probably won't be expecting much. Who knows though, it might end up being the rare sequel that blows everyone away. Also what they could do is bring in Jason Isaacs as well. He is another great actor who has the potential to for great action. I don't know if he's done any major action roles but I loved him in the Patriot.
  • Stephen Finnerty
    HEARD HIS DOG GETS DOGNAPPED IN THIS ONE.
  • Last Son
    Taken was awesome for one reason (Liam Neeson). You can't replace him.
  • KING
    Wtf is this one gonna be about. Besides the obvious.

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