Things are starting to pick up with Taken 2. Initially, Liam Neeson wasn’t on board, but now that he is officially set to star, things are moving. First piece of news is that actress Maggie Grace will reprise her role. Deadline doesn’t tell us what part her character will play in the film but they do confirm her involvement. Next piece of news is that Olivier Megaton will direct the Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen script. Megaton has worked with Besson and Kamen in the past and he also helmed The Transporter 3. Currently he’s at work on the Zoe Saldana action flick, Colombiana, which is also penned by Kamen and Besson. No start date is set yet for Taken 2 but it’s expected to go in front of the camera sometime at the start of 2012.
To be honest, neither of these pieces of news do much for me. As long as Neeson is returning I’m fine. That’s all I needed. The first Taken was great and Neeson really made the film. I think with his involvement, this one won’t have any trouble pulling in big numbers at the box office. I’m also a big fan of most of Besson’s projects and I’m very eager to see where he takes things with this film.
What do you think? Do we need a sequel to Taken? Is Megaton the right man to helm it?