'Taken 3' Is Going to Happen Now That Liam Neeson Has Been Offered Piles of Money

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When 'Taken 2' was released, Liam Neeson spent a lot of time saying that he wasn't up for a third film as he felt another kidnapping incident that could lead to a sequel would be too ridiculous. But money changes everything -- Neeson was just offered a ridiculous sum to return and now 'Taken 3' is a go.

Deadline is reporting that Neeson has been offered around $20 million to appear in the third film, which made his objections to making it a trilogy go away. Funny how that works.That said, a third film has been in the planning stages for a while as screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen suggested that he's already working on it. He said last year that:

We didn’t start talking about [Taken 3] until we saw the numbers. But then we said, ‘Oh, okay. I think we should do a third one.' We’ve taken everyone we can take — it’s going to go in another direction. Should be interesting.”

2009's 'Taken' was a surprise hit and made $145 million domestically and over $200 million worldwide, while the sequel grossed nearly $140 million domestically and $376 million worldwide. Even if the story is stupid, the audience is there so it makes sense to pay Neeson a truckload of cash for the sequel. Which they have. Currently the project has no director, while both Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen will be in talks to return shortly.

Filed Under: Liam Neeson, Taken 3
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