Liam Neeson Returning for 'Taken 3' After Closing $20 Million Deal
It's always, always about the money - isn't it? News just broke that Liam Neeson has signed on to return for another sequel, Taken 3, to continue the series first started by Pierre Morel, Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen back in 2008. That movie was followed-up with the sequel Taken 2, which received considerably lower ratings but also earned $50 million opening in October of last year. Now he's back for more. What was it that sealed the deal? Deadline reports it was a paycheck "in the vicinity of $20 million" that got Neeson to return for another round as Bryan Mills, loving father with a "special set of skills." Do we really need this?
Now that it's happening we have to ask: what the heck are they going to do? Is his family going to get taken again? We'll find out soon enough how they'll continue to rehash this story again. EuropaCorp already has another script in the works written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, behind the first two, and are planning to start production in February. A director hasn't been set, but Deadline says "don’t be surprised if Olivier Megaton [from Taken 2] comes back." Right before the second movie opened, Neeson was quoted as saying: "I don't see it. I don't think [Taken 3 is] going to happen. I really don't. I can't see a possible scenario where audiences wouldn't go, 'Oh, come on...! She's taken again?'" They must have convinced him.
Liam Neeson is currently 61 years old and has been nominated for an Oscar, but hasn't won (yet). He has a number of other roles coming up, including Jaume Collet-Serra's Non-Stop, Scott Frank's A Walk Among the Tombstones, Paul Haggis' Third Person, The Lego Movie and Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West. But it's still the Taken role that has put him in the most international spotlight recently, with the second movie taking in $376 million in total. But still - is there really a need for a third movie? Anyone?