Liam Neeson is closing a deal reportedly worth around $20 million for a third installment in the “Taken” franchise at EuropaCorp and 20th Century Fox.
Neeson would reprise his role as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent who beat the crap out of the French sex slave underworld in the first film. Neeson was under contract to return for the first sequel for which he earned around $15 million.
The first film scored good reviews and raked in $226 million worldwide from a $25 million budget. The second film, despite being widely panned, made an impressive $376 million from its $45 million budget.
No deals are yet in place with his onscreen family – actresses Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen. Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen are working on the script with Besson set to produce.
No director is yet attached, though filming is aiming to begin in February.