Well duh!!! The success of Taken 2 prompts sudden talks of ‘Taken 3’, with plans of taking the story in a new direction

It’s funny this, because just a week ago, before Olivier Megaton’s Taken 2 became a box office success, the talk of a third film was laughed at. In an interview, Megaton was asked if Taken 2 would be Liam Neeson’s last outing as Brian Mills, and here is what he said:

“I think so. Unless Maggie [Grace] takes over and once in a while she calls me.” Said Megaton about a possible Taken 3, “We want to work with Liam again on another movie, and the priority is to do something else, another movie. I don’t think that it will go on for Taken 3, I don’t see the point.”

Neeson told Collider: “I think this is the end.  I mean how many times can she be taken? I mean, it’s bad parenthood, really, after that.”

That was before Taken 2 took a massive $55 million in its opening weekend in the US, and a further $67 million worldwide. While not breaking any records, it has been the biggest movie in a while after a painful box office decline of late. Figures showed a drop off in ticket sales from the middle of August, and Taken 2 has given cinemas a much needed, if unexpected boost. So, with the second film being such a huge success, even after mostly negative reviews, the talk of Taken 3 has naturally popped up in conversation, and it would appear that both Fox and those involved in the film are suddenly up for a sequel.

Hollywood.com recently spoke with the writer of both Taken and Taken 2, Robert Mark Kamen, and here is what he said about the sudden change of heart:

“We didn’t start talking about [Taken 3] until we saw the numbers,” Kamen said. “But then we said, ‘Oh, okay. I think we should do a third one.’ And Fox wants us to do a third one.”

While many thought the story in Taken 2 was simply a rehash of the original film but with a minor twist, fans will no doubt be worried that a third film will stretch the story too far and quite probably end up boring or ridiculous. However, it seems that the writer is aware of the limits to Taken’s plot, and it seems that they have taken this onboard and plan to bring something different to the third film:

“We’ve taken everyone we can take — [Taken 3] going to go in another direction. Should be interesting.”

So, where do they take the new film? Who knows, but what I don’t want to see is another 12A certificate, family friendly mess of a film with jerky camera’s and much of the violence happening either off screen or too shaky to actually see it. These are early days yet though, and Fox has not officially announced anything yet, so we will just have to wait and see what ideas they come up with when the third film is officially announced.

(Source: Hollywood.com)


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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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