8:15 pm EST, February 4, 2014

Liam Neeson: ‘Nobody gets taken’ in ‘Taken 3’

According to star Liam Neeson, Taken 3 will deviate from the series’ formula.

When Liam Neeson signed on to reprise his role of Bryan Mills for Taken 3, it was a bit of a surprise because after Taken 2 was released, Neeson denied the possibility and plausibility of returning to the series.

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“I don’t think it’s going to happen, I can’t see a possible scenario, that audiences wouldn’t go ‘Oh, come on. She’s taken again?’ Unless we do one where I give her away,” Neeson said.

Neeson did of course end up signing on for the role, and it appeared to be because Neeson was given a $20 million paycheck to do so. This was an uptick from his already large Taken 2 paycheck of $15 million.

Apparently Neeson did have some integrity when signing that deal (though we still bet the money was the bigger part of it). He recently appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show to promote his upcoming film Non-Stop and gave some interesting info on exactly how he was persuaded.

“They called me up and I said “I’ll do it… but only as long as nobody gets taken,” Neeson recalled.

At first glance, deviating from the premise would seem to be a good idea, but is it? We have to ask, is a Taken movie really a Taken movie if nobody gets taken?

We would answer that in the negative, and there is where we think we’ve found the answer. In all likelihood, nobody will get taken, but something will. It just couldn’t be a Taken movie if Bryan Mills wasn’t trying to get something back, so it seems to us that it just won’t be a person this time.

Just last week it was revealed that one actor was in talks to join Neeson in the film. That actor is Forest Whitaker. If he does, maybe Mills will enlist his help trying to get back whatever was taken.

Do you agree with the decision to deviate from the ‘Taken’ formula for ‘Taken 3’?

Thanks, Bleeding Cool.

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