Director Olivier Megaton Talks TAKEN 2, the MPAA’s Confusing Standards, and Future Projects; Reveals an Unrated Extended Cut Will Be on Blu-ray

     October 4, 2012


Opening this weekend is director Olivier Megaton‘s Taken 2.  In the sequel, Liam Neeson’s character unwisely takes his family on a European vacation, only to find himself and his wife (Famke Janssen) taken hostage by the family members of the henchmen that Neeson brutally murdered in the first film.  The film also stars Maggie Grace and Rade Serbedzija. For more on the film, here’s four clips and all our previous coverage.

Last week in New York City I got to sit down with Megaton for an extended video interview.  We talked about how he came to direct the sequel, whether there were any sequences he struggled with, the running time, the first cut versus the final version, the editing process and dealing with the MPAA, future projects (which might include an adaptation of The Land of the Living), and Megaton revealed that the Taken 2 Blu-ray will include a longer cut of the film that’s unrated.  Hit the jump to watch.

famke janssen liam neeson taken 2Finally, if you missed my video interview with Liam Neeson, or Christina’s interview with Famke Janssen, just click the links.

Olivier Megaton Time Index:

  • 0:15 – Olivier Megaton comments on the promotional side of directing Taken 2.
  • 1:50 – Megaton talks about particular sequences in the film that he struggled with, including a car chase that gave him difficulties.
  • 4:55 – Megaton reveals how and why he got involved with Taken 2.
  • 6:20 – Regarding running time, Megaton talks about the first cut versus the final version, the editing process and censorship.
  • 8:15 – Megaton further comments on the increasing scrutiny of censors and the confusing standards of the current ratings system.
  • 10:50 – Megaton talks about the ratings scandal surrounding Luc Besson’s Leon: The Professional.
  • 12:25 – Megaton reveals that there will be an unrated version of Taken 2 on Blu-ray with an extended running time.
  • 13:20 – Having recently wrapped on Taken 2, Megaton talks about his possible future projects, including an adaptation of The Land of the Living.


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  • zonver

    i kinda agree with the mpaa thing.. its often so random what they do.. but the violence in TDK is most of the time off screen. you dont see the pencil going in the eye or stabbing gambols mouth. also there is almost never blood when there are bullet hits ( maybe even never, i cannot recall a situation and i watched that movie ALOT )..
    taken 1 has on the other side this torture scene, which is really disturbing and is pg13 ..which brings me full circle to the mpaa and rolling dice

  • Spock Jenkins

    Taken 2 was just ‘meh’ when it should have been great. I actually liked the premise, but Megaton’s incomprehensibly directed fight scenes meant it is very hard to recall anything but a blur. Liam Neeson is a badass, so SHOW him being a badass. I don’t want to see 100 different cuts/edits within one fight.

    I actually counted at least 10 cuts/edits for one car flipping over.

    They should have brought back Pierre Morrel…

  • tony montana

    Oliver Megay it is time to get e real job because you”re not a director. you make Turkey look like Taliban and make Albanians look like Talibanians.
    Your next movie should be about yourself playing with your gay partner

  • jem

    haha, comment above. I’m glad I watched taken 2 and then taken 1. Sounds strange but certainly enjoyed it more that way. way I see it, any more spin offs will just be a waste. Ends off just about right. No taken 3 =)