It obviously passed me by when the news about a Taken TV series was first announced. Maybe I just pretended I hadn’t heard it, though, thinking about it, it couldn’t really any worse than Taken 3, which really was rubbish, though sadly very successful at the box office. Anyway, the TV series is going to be a modern-day prequel to the Liam Neeson-led franchise, so I’m assuming it will be more about him acquiring all those skills he talks about and less about him having to rescue various members of a family he probably won’t have yet, though I’m sure he will be still be finding and killing a lot of people. Luc Besson, who co-wrote the script for the original Taken and worked on its sequels, returns for the series as a producer. Alex Carey [Homeland] is a writer and director on the series in addition to being an executive producer alongside Matthew Gross, Edouardde Vesinne, and Thomas Anargyros.
It’s just been announced that Clive Standen, known for his role in the TV series Vikings as well as appearing in Doctor Who and the film Everest, will play Bryan Mills as a younger person. I guess this series could work, but not many of these movie-to-TV adaptations seem to work well or get huge audiences. However, if it means that we may be spared Taken 4 hitting cinemas, then bring it on!