Following the lacklustre Taken 2, Liam Neeson said back in September 2012 that it was highly unlikely that Taken 3 would ever go into production. Yet, here we are a little over two years later with the third chapter about to launch into theaters across the country. As part of pre-release press for the flick, Neeson sat down with Yahoo! Movies to discuss the upcoming trilogy closer, during which matters turned to the inevitable question – will there be a Taken 4?
“I don’t think [the Taken franchise] can develop any more to satisfy audiences, but you never know,” said Neeson. “We’ll see. We’ll see how successful Taken 3 becomes. I can’t see there being a Taken 4 happening unless they take Bryan Mills and put him into something completely different, [a new] scenario with his buddies, you know his little covert group of military buddies.”
Previous talk on the matter from director Olivier Megaton echoed Neeson’s previous statement, suggesting that there was no chance of a third movie, never mind a fourth. However, the second film raked in a massive box office haul which led to the studio issuing a greenlight for Taken 3. Which suggests that if this latest Bryan Mills adventure is a financial hit, it most probably won’t all end here.
It does raise the pertinent question though of what else could be taken from the long-suffering Mills? Aside from himself and his nearest and dearest, what else is there that he’d sacrifice his own safety to retrieve? Ooh, what about his ‘particular set of skills’?
Let us know what you think of another sequel in the comments below, and be sure to check out the latest clip from Taken 3 above (via MoviePilot) that proves Mills’ total disregard for TSA regulations.
Taken 3 opens in UK cinemas today and in US theaters on January 9th.
Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.