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Liam Neeson in talks to return for Taken 3

Liam Neeson looks set to brush up on that very particular set of skills, with Deadline reporting that the star is in line to return to the Taken franchise for a third outing.

According to the report, Neeson is currently in talks with the studio over a third film for a rumoured salary of $20 million, a $5 million increase on his fee for the previous episode.

Taken 2 took close to $375 million worldwide, having been made for a relatively modest budget, so it’s understandable that Fox are keen on a third episode.

As for Neeson, there’s obviously the financial benefit to be considered, but also the fact that the role of Bryan Mills was the one that reinvented him as a bona fide action star. It's hard to imagine a Taken film without him, despite the previous whispers that his on-screen daughter Maggie Grace might take over the franchise.

Production on the sequel is currently lined up for a February start, with Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen having started work on a script. No word as yet on a director, although Deadline reports that Taken 2 ’s Olivier Megaton is a likely contender…

All in all, it sounds like a change of pace from what director Olivier Megaton told us when met him to discuss the release of the second film:

George Wales
George is GR's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it.