Irish actor Liam Neeson is set to reprise his role as ex-CIA hardman in “Taken 3” and has signed on for a $20 million deal.
20th Century Fox and Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp production company are going to make Neeson’s value in films much higher. The 61-year-old is set to reprise his role as the ex-CIA operative protecting his family against a clan of thugs.
Neeson’s big payday for Taken 3 is expected, since all ‘Taken’ films cost a total of $60m, but earned 10 times that amount at the box office globally.
It wasn’t an instant decision for Neeson either, even with that big of a deal. He was reportedly unsure of returning for Taken 2, but since the sequel had been successful in the box office, Liam signed on for a third installment. Now Fox and EuropaCorp are working a deal with Neeson’s ‘Taken’ co-stars Maggie Grace (who plays Liam’s daughter) and Famke Janssen (his ex-wife).
Deadline reports that Taken 2 director Olivier Megaton is unlikely to be back, but a screenplay by Besson and Robert Mark Kamen (who were responsible for writing the first two films), is reportedly complete for part three.
Production for Taken 3 is expected to begin in February 2014.
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