It was a confusing day yesterday as word emerged in the morning that Mickey Rourke, Ralph Fiennes, Ray Winstone, Sean Bean and Jason Isaacs were all under consideration as potential replacements for Liam Neeson in a “Taken” sequel.
At the time Neeson’s possible departure was due to scheduling issues – producer Luc Besson wanted to film the movie this year, while Neeson wants to take some much needed time off once he wraps “Wrath of the Titans” in the UK.
Besson and Robert Mark Kamen have teamed on the script while “Transporter 3” director Olivier Megaton is in talks to helm. One big issue is the 2008 film was almost entirely built on Neeson’s turn as Bryan Mills, the retired government operative who raced through the Paris underworld to find and free his kidnapped daughter. You really can’t do it without him.
A few hours later the news changed according to Deadline. Seems Neeson and Besson reached a compromise and Neeson’s reps are closing the deal for the actor to reprise the role. Neeson will take the rest of the year off after ‘Wrath’, with “Taken 2” looking likely to be his first job back when it goes before cameras either at the very end of the year or very early next year.