Would you want to see Liam Neeson return for Taken 3?
I was thinking about going with the obvious pun and titling this article something akin to "how do you feel about being Taken a third time," but that seemed a little on the nose and judgmental considering the reviews. Of course now I'm telling you about it, so you know what I think anyway and it's too late now.
I should also add that this is probably going to piss you off. It technically makes good business sense, sure - but it's still in all likelihood going to piss you off. TAKEN 2, a movie more disliked than most of the rest of its movie brethren, is very possibly receiving the sequel treatment. Though as with TAKEN 2, co-screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen sees it more as "not really a sequel, it's a continuation story." There's also the "continuation story" seen in the comparative mega-profits Bryan Mills has already wrested in just a weekend - $49.5 million - one that immediately made everyone involved perk up and take notice that Mills' special set of skills was still as hot as they'd hoped. "We didn't start talking about [TAKEN 3] until we saw the numbers," said Kamen. "But then we said, 'oh, okay. I think we should do a third one.' And Fox wants us to do a third one."
As for just what ground a third movie might cover? "We've taken everyone we can take — it's going to go in another direction. Should be interesting." Though the question then becomes: why would it still be called TAKEN... ? But whatever the plot conceit, whatever the way a sequel goes, I think we can all agree: Neeson Season is at hand, and you don't deny Liam Neeson his f***ing season.
|Extra Tidbit:||Kamen was originally brought in to revise THE FIFTH ELEMENT, and he and Besson got on so well that they've worked together ever since. They call each other Shrek and Donkey. Besson, by the way, is Shrek - "Luc is a big guy who owns the swamp. He has a huge vision."|