Liam Neeson Is Onboard For “Taken 3”

June 25, 2013

Prepare yourself for TAKEN 3, launched by EuropaCorp’s Luc Besson and released by 20th Century Fox. Liam Neeson is closing a deal in the vicinity of $20 million to reprise the role of Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent who used his special set of skills to rescue his daughter who was kidnapped in France to be sold into sex slavery.

Neeson was reluctant to return for the first sequel, but got paid around $15 million. It seems they threw more money at him and EuropaCorp is planning to start production in February.

Next they’ll make deals with Maggie Grace, who played his daughter in the first two films, and Famke Janssen, who played his ex-wife. A script is in the works from Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, who teamed for the first two films.

No director has yet been set, but Olivier Megaton is likely to come back. He’s the Besson protege who directed the sequel, which cost around $45 million and grossed over $376 million. The first film cost around $25 million and grossed over $226 million, with Pierre Morel directing.

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