Taken 2 was announced quite some time ago so it’s sort of funny that they’re only getting around to confirming Liam Neeson’s involvement at this point. Would they have bothered making it without him? Probably. Because straight-to-DVD is what pays for van Damme’s back acne treatments these days. This comes right on the heels of the announcement last week of Neeson being confirmed as on board for the Clash of the Titans sequel Wrath of the Titans returning in his epic role as Zeus, king of the anything-for-a-paycheck gods. So Neeson will spend the next couple of years making the same films he made a couple of years ago. Someone should tactfully make sure that he’s not going full on Groundhog Day on us, though it could be worse. He could spend eternity making Phantom Menace over and over again.
There’s no word yet on Taken 2’s plot, although one presumes that bad guys will kidnap someone Neeson cares about. And he will find them. And he will kill them. All while speaking in a perfectly level tone.
We’ve also gotten the related news in the wake of the the news that The Transporter is being spun off into a television show that EuropaCorp is planning on doing the same thing with Taken. I wonder if they’ll have his daughter kidnapped every episode, or just have it happen once per season with a series arc. I urge that they just cast Elisha Cuthbert this time for the easy joke. Maybe she can be menaced by a mountain lion in the fourth season.
(source: Screen Crave)