Poor Liam Neeson just can’t seem to get a break. Everyone the guy knows gets kidnapped, forcing him to rescue them in dramatic and action-packed ways. In the first Taken film he has to go get his daughter. Then Taken 2 got made and it was all about his wife. And even though the second wasn’t quite the original idea that the first was, it made tons of cash, which is, of course, the most important part of making a movie. So onward they go, to produce a third installment in this repetitive franchise.
Taken 3, as it will no doubt be called, is in talks. Writer Robert Mark Kamen (a man who is quickly losing my respect) talked recently to Hollywood.com and has this to say:
We didn’t start talking about [Taken 3] 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. We’ve taken everyone we can take — it’s going to go in another direction.
The key words here being, of course, “until we saw the numbers”. Yup, it’s another money grab playing off the complacency of movie audiences. Liam Neeson, when asked about the possibility of a third, had something else to say:
How many times can she be taken? I mean, it’s bad parenthood, really, after that.
It’s okay, Liam, they’re going “in another direction” so you have nothing to worry about.
Whether Neeson signs on or not remains to be seen, though considering his rather undemanding nature concerning roles as of late, I’m guessing Taken 3 will be hitting theaters as fast as the studios can film it.
Thanks to ComingSoon for the heads-up.