TAKEN 2 Writer Says TAKEN 3 Likely

     October 9, 2012


Despite receiving mostly negative reviews, the action sequel Taken 2 scored big with audiences this past weekend.  The Liam Neeson-fronted action film took in $50 million at the box office opening weekend, and a success of that magnitude in this moviegoing climate means one thing: more sequels!  A recent interview with Taken 2 scribe Robert Mark Kamen reveals just that, as he talked frankly about the likelihood of making another follow-up in the wake of Taken 2’s success.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

liam-neeson-taken-3Speaking with Hollywood.com, Kamen was honest when talk turned to Taken 3:

“We didn’t start talking about [Taken 3] until we saw the numbers. But then we said, ‘Oh, okay. I think we should do a third one.’ And Fox wants us to do a third one.”

Kamen admits that a sequel to the first Taken wasn’t talked about until that film became a success, but we’ve seen the disappointing creative results of a follow-up designed to stretch that story once already.  The scribe notes that Taken 3: Even More Taking is unlikely, as they’ll need to find a different direction to take Neeson’s Bryan Mills character:

“We’ve taken everyone we can take — [Taken 3] going to go in another direction. Should be interesting.”

This is very early days and Fox hasn’t yet officially announced a further sequel, but I’d be shocked if they didn’t at least try to get Taken 3 made.  It’s unknown how many films Neeson signed on for when he made the Taken 2 deal, but he seemed reluctant to return when Steve recently interviewed him in a roundtable setting:

“I think this is the end.  I mean how many times can she be taken? I mean, it’s bad parenthood, really, after that.”

That’s not to say the writers couldn’t devise another reason for Neeson to display his particular set of skills, but it sounds like he’s not keen on turning Taken into a franchise.  Nevertheless, I’m sure we’ll hear more solid word on Taken 3 soon—especially if Taken 2 has a strong box office hold this weekend.


  • TK

    Taken 2 was a good sequel, logically following on events from the first. While its revenge movie plot is not as cautionary as the original, it’s also far less exploitative, and Maggie Grace gets more to do. But to make yet another sequel is totally unnecessary and would only push the characters too far. …Unless they actually follow up with the family of her friend who never returned from the first movie.

  • Jim Dorey

    I’m anxious to see Bryan’s friends more deeply involved in the plot – maybe in harm’s way. Alex and the rest of the team are very cool characters. They need to be exploited. Then, call it a wrap after that. Three is enough.

  • Dude

    At the end of the movie, Neeson asks the villain something like, “If I kill you, will your other sons come for me?” and the villain was like, “Absolutely!” or something. Then Neeson killed him. So it’s totally open to another revenge story. Even though they could probably come up with something more interesting than that.

    Whatever. Taken 2 was cool. Neeson is good in anything. I’d pay to see a 3rd one.

  • Northern Star

    And this news is why cinema as an artform as well as entertainment is now officially stone cold DEAD! These studio execs don’t want to make movies, they want to distribute cold, clinical, focus-grouped money machines and dramatic and/or artistic validity be darned… I like Liam Neeson a great deal (as one Ulsterman to another), but if he signs on for a third ‘Taken’, he can no longer complain about them running it into the ground, because he’ll be an accessory to it!

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  • anon

    The guy still has 2 sons that want revenge. Taken 3 even more taking sounds good to me.