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Liam Neeson Will Return for ‘Taken 3’

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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.

Source: Deadline

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.