Robert Mark Kamen Says Fox Wants to Make 'Taken 3' for the Money
Just over a week after Liam Neeson said that he couldn't imagine making Taken 3, the box office numbers for Taken 2 just might mean he gets a big enough paycheck to change his mind. The sequel (which our own Jeremy Kirk rather disliked) scored $49.5 million at the box office last weekend, and that's enough for Fox and writer Robert Mark Kamen to make another one. The writer recently spoke with Hollywood.com (via ComingSoon), and he says, ""We didn't start talking about it until we saw the numbers. But then we said, 'Oh, okay. I think we should do a third one.' And Fox wants us to do a third one." Oh, joy.
It's always good to hear that a sequel is getting made because the studio wants more money and not because there's already the idea for a good story. Critics have not been kind to the movie as it only has 19% on Rotten Tomatoes, and this is coming from people who mostly enjoyed the first action romp. Thankfully, Kamen says, "We've taken everyone we can take — it's going to go in another direction. Should be interesting." In the words of Inigo Montoya, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
This franchise sounds like it could end up going the route of The Hangover series. The second film was an uninspired cash grab and now the third film is supposedly not a carbon copy of the first one. Let's just go for all the marbles and have Bryan Mills taken by Jigsaw for a new Saw film. Or maybe, he's consulting on a movie being made about the events of the first film, and the actor playing him (also Liam Neeson), is kidnapped and he has to get him back. Or maybe Bryan Mills can figure out who took all the damn inspiration out of Hollywood?