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