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?