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Liam Neeson Is Ready To Get Taken, Again

Yup, that’s right Taken 3 is a go and Liam Neeson is already on board. 

Not that Neeson wasn’t always great, but when he hit the big screen in Taken, as the devoted father/ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills, he skyrocketed to a new level in fandom. And then they made a sequel. And now they’re making a third.

Deadline says Neeson is likely to get a salary bump to $20 million (the most he’s ever made) for Taken 3 considering he wasn’t completely sold on doing the sequel when that happened. They write:

Next will come the effort to make deals with Maggie Grace, who played his daughter in the first two films, and Famke Janssen, who played his ex-wife. They have a script well in the works from [Luc] Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, who teamed for the first two films. No director has yet been set, but don’t be surprised if Olivier Megaton comes back.

When I first heard the news I tweeted this likely title sequence for the impending series: TAKEN, TAKEN 2, TAK3N, T4KEN,TAKE 5. But The Mary Sue and Geekosystem crews also brainstormed a few possible plot ideas: Liam Neeson rescues clone of Liam Neeson, his daughter fakes her own kidnapping as a birthday present for Liam Neeson, a villainous Liam Neeson kidnaps someone else and gets his ass kicked. Just kidding, we know that last one would never happen.

Though on a more serious note, you can bet we’re hoping Grace’s Kim will be an agent herself this time around or at the very least, officially trained by her father for these kinds of situations. In Taken 2, Kim got in on the action for a while but with prompts from her dad, which was absolutely a character evolution from the first film. Hopefully that continues.

What kind of plot do you expect from Taken 3?

(via Deadline)

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  • Adam Cross

    what kind of plot? oh, I don’t know – something that will most likely involve perpetuating terrible stereotypes about people who aren’t English/American/White – just like the previous 2 films.

  • Krazy Joe

    Oh Dear Lord.

    They already made ‘Taken 2: Take My Wife Please’. Where do they have left to go?

    ‘Taken 3: Given Back’ ?

    Months ago my girlfriend gave me a T-Shirt with Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty on it that says, “Sorry Girls, I’m Taken’. When my friend saw it he suggested I give her a T-shirt that says, ‘Sorry Guys, I’m Taken’ with Maggie Grace’s picture on it :)

  • Patrick Denny

    It’s a Luc Besson film : Precocious but feisty ingenue who happens to be [insert subtle plot twist here] is kidnapped/taken for ransom/sold as slave, only to get saved by hard as nails loner ex-military/ex-ganster/ex-military-gangster [insert occupation/relationship to ingenue here] bad ass who turns out to have a heart of gold. I think “The Big Blue” is the only one of his films that can’t, with a bit of effort, fall directly into that plot sequence.

  • jenovapooh

    I’m going with “Liam Neeson’s daughter has a kid, that kid is kidnapped. Entire family goes to retrieve kidnapped kid.”

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    The first film was good, but Taken Number Two even featured Liam Neeson squatting on the poster, which is plenty of commentary, really.

    The Maggie Grace driving scene is HILARIOUS. “GO. FASTER. NOW. TURN. GO. FASTER. HURRY.” He’s barking at her while she maneuvers like a champ despite having failed her driving test. Apparently, Qui-Gon yelling at you makes you drive better.

  • Anonymous

    …well, I would drive better if Liam Neeson were yelling at me.

  • Marie

    I am sad to say that I have not yet seen Taken 2 (Taken Again, or Re-Taken, as I am prone to calling it…and yes I talked about it a lot for someone who still hasn’t seen it.)

    I think Liam Neeson should get Taken. He and his daughter should work together but separately to get him out.