Despite the posters for ‘Taken 3’ declaring: “It ends here”, Liam Neeson has admitted that ‘Taken 4’ could happen if the latest film does well at the box office, even if he thinks the tank may have run dry on the franchise.
“I don’t think [the ‘Taken’ franchise] can develop any more to satisfy audiences, but you never know,” Neeson says in our interview below.
“We’ll see. We’ll see how successful ‘Taken 3’ becomes.”
Without giving too much away, ‘Taken 3’ leaves room for Neeson’s character Bryan Mills to return for a fourth film, but the Irish star thinks for that to happen they have to ditch the “family under threat” formula.
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“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.”
If this sounds familiar, it’s not surprising. Both Neeson and director Olivier Megaton said that ‘Taken 3’ would never get made while promoting ‘Taken 2’.
Neeson told Empire in September 2012, “I don’t think it’s going to happen [‘Taken 3’]. I really don’t. I can’t see a possible scenario where audiences wouldn’t go, ‘Oh, come on…! She’s taken again?’”
Megaton agreed telling Cinemablend, “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. The second one, it was fine, we closed the books.”
He did concede though it could be on the cards if it made enough money… which it did, raking in an impressive £250m at the box office in 2012.
“Even Luc [Besson] or Robert [Mark Kamen, the screenwriter]- if this one’s a success too, maybe they’re going to think about it, money is money for them. But after it will be very difficult to ask Liam to be back again. The logic of his character has ended for this one, for me.”
So, “It ends here” could be a hollow promise after all. Watch this space.
‘Taken 3’ is in cinemas today.
Image credits: 20th Century Fox