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.
Speaking 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.