You’d think things couldn’t get more intense for Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) after he rescued his daughter (Maggie Grace) from Albanian sex traffickers and then survived being kidnapped himself, but director Olivier Megaton was determined to make things even more serious and dangerous for him the third time around. In Taken 3, Bryan’s wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) is murdered and he’s framed for the crime. Concerned that the person responsible will go after his daughter next, Bryan opts to evade the cops and tries to catch the culprit himself.
With Taken 3 now in theaters, I got the chance to sit down with Megaton to discuss his experience making the film. He touched on why he chose to stick with the franchise, what makes these movies stand out, the importance of making big action sequences emotional, if there’s any chance they’ll make Taken 4 and more. Hit the jump to check out the full conversation.
- 00:00 – Going from the original Taken to making Taken 3.
- 01:48 – Developing the story; making a more serious, dangerous film.
- 02:50 – The different shooting style of his Taken movies.
- 03:55 – Making this movie with a French point of view.
- 04:40 – Approaching Taken 3 as a family drama; Bryan Mills as a regular guy.
- 06:28 – Directing the more emotional scenes compared to the action sequences.
- 08:44 – Making sure there’s an emotional component to the action scenes.
- 10:06 – Taking the film from script to screen; making your own movie, but also ensuring the audience understands what you’re doing.
- 12:36 – On the future of the Taken franchise; the possibility of making a fourth film.