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 (opens in new tab) 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:

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