The plot for Taken: a former C.I.A. agent’s daughter is kidnapped by human traffickers in Europe. He shows up, beats the hell out of absolutely everyone, and gets his daughter back; the film makes $230 million. The plot for Taken 2: the same former C.I.A. agent’s ex-wife is kidnapped by relative of the human traffickers in Europe from the first film. He shows up, beats the hell out of absolutely everyone, and gets his ex-wife back; the film makes $375 million. So guess what? We’re getting a Taken 3.
Despite star Liam Neeson and Taken 2 director Olivier Megaton both stating that there’s really nothing more to do with the character of former C.I.A. agent Bryan Mills except to quit making formulaic movies about him, EuropaCorp and 20th Century Fox arrived at Neeson’s front door with a dump truck full of $20 million (the highest payday yet for the prolific actor) and, wouldn’t ya know it, suddenly Neeson decided one more film was in order for the character. Perhaps in this film, sleazy and leather-clad European bad guys can show up to kidnap his aunt Gladys from her nursing home in Thousand Oaks, California, or perhaps his hair stylist or travel agent—seriously, the anti-social character is running out of people in his life for Europeans to kidnap and terrorize.
Now that Neeson has been secured, it looks like the studios are aiming to grab Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace to return as his ex-wife and daughter, respectively, as well as Taken 2 director Megaton. Further, a script is “well in the works.” Spoiler: It probably involves some Neeson likes getting kidnapped, in case you didn’t get that from the article above).
What do you think of the Taken 3 news?