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25 June 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Taken 2

Journey with us, if you will, back through the mists of time to September 2012. Britain was still in a post-Olympics glow and Liam Neeson was talking Taken 2 with this very magazine’s Podcast. Asked if he saw Taken 3 as a likely possibility, he was quick to dismiss it. "I don't see it," he said. "I don't think it's going to happen. I really don't. I can't see a possible scenario where audiences wouldn't go, 'Oh, come on...! She's taken again?'" Apparently a possible $20 million pay day is quickly changing his mind as Deadline reports his deal is closing for a third outing.

Though the sequel was critically mauled compared to the original Taken (which wasn't exactly an Oscar winner either), it still did big business at the box office ($374 million worldwide from a $45 million budget). Now the gears are clanking on a third in Luc Besson’s franchise factory, which also makes delightful jam.

Besson and regular writing partner / Taken veteran Robert Mark Kamen are working on the script for the new film, with details still shrouded in mystery. Will there be a whole new threat? A continuation of the Albanian villains from the previous two (perhaps the gang’s dog wants a crack this time, Jaws: The Revenge-style)? Or will it all be re-imagined as a comedy with Bryan and family taken for a ride by a wacky car dealer? The possibilities are both endless and too terrible to contemplate properly.

There’s no director aboard yet and assuming Neeson signs on the dotted, the filmmakers will start looking to recruit Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace for one more go-around. Besson’s EuropaCorp company wants this one before cameras next February.


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Predicted Titles:
Taken the Piss Tak3n Taken up the Arse (by the Financers) Or just plain old Taken 3: Electric Boogaloo More

Posted by cliff126 at 10:45 on 28 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: hmm
Bet you in the third one his dog gets kidnapped. More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 20:36 on 26 June 2013 | Report This Post

hmm
I think the major problem I can see here budget for 2 was 45mill ok reasonable by todays standards but they want to pay the star almost half the budget of the 2nd one to come back again. Just throw money at him he'll give in and do another, that's not the way to do it, write a good fuckin script let him read it and if it's good he'll jump at it and say guys this is a really cool idea I want to do this a make a good film. Simple guess we'll be introduced to an old friend of his and then one of t More

Posted by durelius at 20:01 on 25 June 2013 | Report This Post

Forsaken 3
Double Post Hijinks. More

Posted by Filmfan 2 at 12:22 on 25 June 2013 | Report This Post

For Christ's sake! More fool anyone who goes to see this. More

Posted by Filmfan 2 at 11:29 on 25 June 2013 | Report This Post

It'll be contractual. Neeson sounded less than enthused about Taken 2 so I can't see why he'd actually want to do a third. More

Posted by Whistler at 10:31 on 25 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: It'll be great if ...
Nooo!!! Why do we have to have more bad sequels to great stand alone movies!! Did Hollywood learn nothing from Hangover 2&3 or Taken 2, not to mention all the other bad, unneeded sequels that came before More

Posted by kinkykeeks at 09:43 on 25 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: It'll be great if ...
Unless its a 15 or 18 it can go fuck off! More

Posted by Dannybohy at 09:05 on 25 June 2013 | Report This Post

It'll be great if ...
... it's all about his BBQ-loving CIA chums. Mills could be working with them again but it all goes wrong and he has to rescue them or something. I'd be up for it! More

Posted by Mad Dog Tannen at 08:30 on 25 June 2013 | Report This Post

Too late
This series was lost when they didn't decide to call the second film Taken 2: The Cleaners More

Posted by arnm78 at 08:23 on 25 June 2013 | Report This Post

what?!?
so now it'll be taken the piss? taken the kitchen sink but not daughter or mom because thats been done.taken the tekken computer game? taken for the last time as we're out of ideas..it'll be shit anyways and take bucketloads of money just like fast and furious. More

Posted by darktrain at 07:39 on 25 June 2013 | Report This Post

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