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Liam Neeson almost got replaced on Taken 2?

Mar. 16, 2011by: Dave Davis

A couple of years ago, a surprising number of people showed up to watch Liam Neeson use his particular set of skills to decimate the lowlifes who kidnapped his daughter in TAKEN.

And we've been expecting Neeson's globetrotting asskicker to return for a sequel, which producer Luc Besson has finally been putting together recently.

Turns out there was some problems there -- Besson wanted to make the flick later this year, but Neeson wanted to relax for a bit after a marathon of showing up in every third movie that's gone into production in the past few years. How serious were they each about keeping their schedule?

Well, Deadline claims that Neeson had "all but withdrawn" from the sequel, and Besson was apparently considering going after someone like Mickey Rourke, Ralph Fiennes, Ray Winstone, Sean Bean or Jason Isaacs to replace him.

But don't worry, things have seemingly been smoothed out, and Neeson will take a vacation after making WRATH OF THE TITANS and then return to punch, shoot, electrocute and generally stomp the guts out of more Euroscum.

Besson and writer Robert Mark Kamen put together the script, and TRANSPORTER 3 director Olivier Megaton will bring us Neeson as he rips shit up.

Extra Tidbit: Anyone else hope Neeson's character actor chums return to help him out again?
Source: Deadline

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9:57PM on 03/22/2011
i find it absurb and rediculous that there is going to be a Taken 2 the first was great. He already has his daughter back home so why are they trying to drag this out and make another one. Oh wait its because originality doesnt exist in american cinema anymore. and sequels are the next "big" thing. Fuck this!
i find it absurb and rediculous that there is going to be a Taken 2 the first was great. He already has his daughter back home so why are they trying to drag this out and make another one. Oh wait its because originality doesnt exist in american cinema anymore. and sequels are the next "big" thing. Fuck this!
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8:10PM on 03/18/2011
Liam is great, Taken was great and I'm glad they worked it out. Maybe a Taken/Transporter crossover. That could be cool as hell.
Liam is great, Taken was great and I'm glad they worked it out. Maybe a Taken/Transporter crossover. That could be cool as hell.
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12:20PM on 03/18/2011
While that's a badass bunch of actors, seeing Liam Neeson return is the biggest reason I have any interest in a sequel to Taken. I really enjoyed the first one, but it's Neeson that made it great.
While that's a badass bunch of actors, seeing Liam Neeson return is the biggest reason I have any interest in a sequel to Taken. I really enjoyed the first one, but it's Neeson that made it great.
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3:15PM on 03/17/2011
I've heard that in this sequel his wallet gets TAKEN and he must kick ass and track it down because it contains a very fat paycheck.
I've heard that in this sequel his wallet gets TAKEN and he must kick ass and track it down because it contains a very fat paycheck.
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5:11PM on 03/17/2011
Now that's funny.
Now that's funny.
1:58PM on 03/17/2011
If it involves his buddies, I'm more for it. I'm cautiously optimistic though because the last one had a cause we could all get behind in a revenge-minded way. I hope they aren't going for a "Death Wish"-like series though, so they better find out a way to make this as intriguing as the first. But Neeson is the reason it's so good, so glad they're keeping him.
If it involves his buddies, I'm more for it. I'm cautiously optimistic though because the last one had a cause we could all get behind in a revenge-minded way. I hope they aren't going for a "Death Wish"-like series though, so they better find out a way to make this as intriguing as the first. But Neeson is the reason it's so good, so glad they're keeping him.
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12:04PM on 03/17/2011
Would not go see Taken 2 if it stared another actor. I dont even care if the other actors are as awesome as Mickey Rourke or Ray Winstone.
Would not go see Taken 2 if it stared another actor. I dont even care if the other actors are as awesome as Mickey Rourke or Ray Winstone.
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10:54AM on 03/17/2011
Canīt wait to see Liam Neeson kick ass again! He is one of my favorite actors!
Canīt wait to see Liam Neeson kick ass again! He is one of my favorite actors!
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8:46AM on 03/17/2011
The only disappointment I felt with Taken was when his buddies disappeared. I kept thinking it would have been great if he'd called on them, if only near the end, to help out. Hopefully, we'll see Uncle Rico kick some ass. And Transpo3 was ten kinds of suck. Let's hope the dude picks up his game. (Ralph Fiennes might have been cool though).
The only disappointment I felt with Taken was when his buddies disappeared. I kept thinking it would have been great if he'd called on them, if only near the end, to help out. Hopefully, we'll see Uncle Rico kick some ass. And Transpo3 was ten kinds of suck. Let's hope the dude picks up his game. (Ralph Fiennes might have been cool though).
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5:08AM on 03/17/2011
I can't belive it took me soo long to connect the dots on this. Liam Neeson is Robert McCall. He's the only actor I can think of that could fill Edward Woodward's shoes for that role.

"Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer."
I can't belive it took me soo long to connect the dots on this. Liam Neeson is Robert McCall. He's the only actor I can think of that could fill Edward Woodward's shoes for that role.

"Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer."
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4:48AM on 03/17/2011
Well the guy does deserve a break especially considering he hasnt had one since his wife died. And replacing him with a different character does make some sense cause chances are the story of him going after someone who isnt his daughter wont be as compelling. Overall, Im happy he'll be back. My choice for his replacement wouldve been for Sean Bean
Well the guy does deserve a break especially considering he hasnt had one since his wife died. And replacing him with a different character does make some sense cause chances are the story of him going after someone who isnt his daughter wont be as compelling. Overall, Im happy he'll be back. My choice for his replacement wouldve been for Sean Bean
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3:48AM on 03/17/2011

Noo

This is terrible news. If this goes ahead, I hope they don't choose Rourke.
This is terrible news. If this goes ahead, I hope they don't choose Rourke.
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3:21AM on 03/17/2011
Taken would've been another Seagal DTV without Neeson, glad he's coming back
Taken would've been another Seagal DTV without Neeson, glad he's coming back
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2:37AM on 03/17/2011

there's gonna be a sequel?

Why in the world would you replace Neeson? Are you wanting the film to fail? It's not like there was a side kick in the film. Liam was the film, and without him it wouldn't be the same! I don't know if I like the idea of the director of Transporter 3 directing this. I saw that in the theaters, and it was just so so. Still, with Liam on board and the original writers it should be good.
Why in the world would you replace Neeson? Are you wanting the film to fail? It's not like there was a side kick in the film. Liam was the film, and without him it wouldn't be the same! I don't know if I like the idea of the director of Transporter 3 directing this. I saw that in the theaters, and it was just so so. Still, with Liam on board and the original writers it should be good.
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2:03AM on 03/17/2011
Do people forget his wife died too? A non-stop shooting schedule + the death of his wife. Cut the guy some slack.

Also, I hope the plot of Taken 2 somewhat revolves around the French government wanting him arrested.. I mean, you can't tare down a city, hold a policeman hostage, shoot his wife in the leg and murder a bunch of people on a yacht without someone wanting you brought in.. I thought the sequel title of "Wanted" would have been awesome, but it's been recently used.. :/
Do people forget his wife died too? A non-stop shooting schedule + the death of his wife. Cut the guy some slack.

Also, I hope the plot of Taken 2 somewhat revolves around the French government wanting him arrested.. I mean, you can't tare down a city, hold a policeman hostage, shoot his wife in the leg and murder a bunch of people on a yacht without someone wanting you brought in.. I thought the sequel title of "Wanted" would have been awesome, but it's been recently used.. :/
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5:06AM on 03/17/2011
arm
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9:37PM on 03/17/2011
ahh, yes arm - not leg. Cheers
ahh, yes arm - not leg. Cheers
12:33AM on 03/17/2011
Surprised that the original director of Taken isn't coming back. Thought he did a great job.

And there was no way they would have replaced Liam. I mean replacing him with Rourke or Winstone? Give me a break. They would have been terrible replacements and the movie would have been horrible because of it.

I would like to see Liam's friends come back for this one.
Surprised that the original director of Taken isn't coming back. Thought he did a great job.

And there was no way they would have replaced Liam. I mean replacing him with Rourke or Winstone? Give me a break. They would have been terrible replacements and the movie would have been horrible because of it.

I would like to see Liam's friends come back for this one.
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12:18AM on 03/17/2011
Don't you dare cock tease me with a Sean Bean Taken flick
Don't you dare cock tease me with a Sean Bean Taken flick
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12:14AM on 03/17/2011
Can't wait. I also hope Charlie Wax from 'From Paris with Love' shows up, as there was a rumor that that they were in the same universe and would cross with Taken 2. Hope so!
Can't wait. I also hope Charlie Wax from 'From Paris with Love' shows up, as there was a rumor that that they were in the same universe and would cross with Taken 2. Hope so!
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12:03AM on 03/17/2011

Was good news until...

I read that the guy who directed Transporter 3 was going to be directing. Seriously? That guy's directing was horrible!!! The "action" scenes were garbage you couldn't see what the hell was going on. Why not just get Pierre Morel to return, his directig was fucking great in my opinion.

I hope they Leave Taken as a one shot badass movie or delay this until they find a suitable director.
I read that the guy who directed Transporter 3 was going to be directing. Seriously? That guy's directing was horrible!!! The "action" scenes were garbage you couldn't see what the hell was going on. Why not just get Pierre Morel to return, his directig was fucking great in my opinion.

I hope they Leave Taken as a one shot badass movie or delay this until they find a suitable director.
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11:31PM on 03/16/2011
I don't have a lot of faith in a guy that changed his name to Megaton and directed a terrible movie.

Luc Besson material can be ruined easily in the wrong hands. Pierre Morel's directing style clicked with Luc's beautifully. It'd be cool if he returned.
I don't have a lot of faith in a guy that changed his name to Megaton and directed a terrible movie.

Luc Besson material can be ruined easily in the wrong hands. Pierre Morel's directing style clicked with Luc's beautifully. It'd be cool if he returned.
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11:11PM on 03/16/2011
WTF, why isn't my dawg Pierre Morel coming back to direct? Transporter 3 was awful. I hope Neeson backs out. Taken2 will be awful, just like Trans3, book it.
WTF, why isn't my dawg Pierre Morel coming back to direct? Transporter 3 was awful. I hope Neeson backs out. Taken2 will be awful, just like Trans3, book it.
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2:14PM on 03/17/2011
I didn't think Trans 3 was bad. Not as good as the first, but I thought it was way better than the second.
I didn't think Trans 3 was bad. Not as good as the first, but I thought it was way better than the second.
11:10PM on 03/16/2011
This had to be all posturing. There is NO Taken without Liam. That character struck a cord and he was that character. He knows they would wait for him regardless. No one sees Taken 2 without Liam even if they would cast Charlie Sheen.

Wrath of Titans may be a paycheck but does he really need money that badly? THAT is what you skip to relax.
This had to be all posturing. There is NO Taken without Liam. That character struck a cord and he was that character. He knows they would wait for him regardless. No one sees Taken 2 without Liam even if they would cast Charlie Sheen.

Wrath of Titans may be a paycheck but does he really need money that badly? THAT is what you skip to relax.
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4:51AM on 03/17/2011
Well he struck a chord because it was his daughter. Do we really want that plot again?
Well he struck a chord because it was his daughter. Do we really want that plot again?