It might be time for Liam Neeson to invest in a personal lojack for Maggie Grace, because Taken 3 is set to happen despite the actor previously stating that he didn’t think there would be a third film.
“I don’t think it’s going to happen, I can’t see a possible scenario, that audiences wouldn’t go ‘Oh, come on. She’s taken again? […] Unless we do one where I give her away.”
Said Neeson on Empire Online’s podcast back in September, a sentiment he echoed in February while speaking with a Dublin radio station when he said that losing his screen-daughter again would be “bad parenting.”
So, what made Neeson change his mind? Well, you see, he’s got a very specific price that the folks over at 20th Century Fox are reportedly willing to meet: $20 million dollars.
That’s obviously a hefty sum (he made $15 million for Taken 2), but despite the critical beatdown that Taken 2 received from us (me) and others (21% on the Rotten Tomatometer), the film still pulled in over $376 million at the worldwide box office on top of Taken prime’s $226 million dollar take, so obviously the Taken business is a good business to be in.
As for the creative team, it looks like Luc Besson (who is also the producer) and Robert Mark Kamen have a script “well under way” according to Deadline, though there is no word on if Taken 2 director Oliver Megaton will return to direct. We do, however, have confirmed reports that “Oliver Megaton” is a dope name.
There are also no deals in place for Famke Janssen or Grace as of yet and no guarantee that the latter will even be the one who gets taken this time out. Personally, I hope Neeson spends the whole film searching for Jake Lloyd, because I haven’t seen that kid in a long fucking time.