While the sequels were lacking in quality, the first Taken film, which starred Liam Neeson as Bryan “particular set of skills” Mills, was a terrific action film. Neeson commanded the screen, and the film gave his career one hell of a boost, and also made him the new Hollywood tough guy.
Luc Besson wrote and produced the original 2008 film, and now Deadline reports that he will also produce a prequel TV series of the film, which will focus on Mills as a younger person. Basically, we will get to learn where he got those particular set of skills, and why he is a nightmare to people who do bad things.
In Taken the series, Bryan Mills, the character played by Neeson in the movies, is a young man with no wife and kids. The series’ premise pays an homage to the movies as it references one of the films’ most popular quotes, part of Mill’s famous speech to one of the thugs suspected in the kidnapping of his daughter, “What I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career; Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.” The series will focus on how Mills acquires his “very particular set of skills” and becomes the character we all know. The series will bend time as it will be set in modern day, not decades in the past.
Executive producing Taken are Besson, who co-wrote the three movies in addition to producing the feature franchise, Gross and France-based EuropaCorp Television co-chairs Edouard de Vesinne and Thomas Anargyros.
There’s no casting news yet, but Neeson will not be playing Mills this time as the character will be much younger, so it is going to feel strange watching someone else play him. However, as long as they can get a strong actor to play the role, this could be interesting.