Liam Neeson Wants $20 Million for “Taken 3″ – No Takers Yet.

“Will there be a Taken 3? If so, producers of the smash-hit action franchise will need to pony up for star Liam Neeson in the wake of the surprise $49.5 million domestic bow by Taken 2.”[THR]

Taken 2 may have been one of the worst reviewed movies of the year, but that hasn’t stopped it from taking the box office by storm. With an almost $50 take in its opening weekend, Taken 2 has prompted many studio execs to think a third movie should be made. This is easier said than done, of course, since it would mean penciling in Liam Neeson for a hefty starring price of close to $20 million. His paycheck for the first Taken was just $1 million; he managed to get $10 million for the sequel; and now the word if out that he won’t sign for less than $20 million for the third installment.

Tell us what you think: is he worth the investment? Or is this just a classic case of Hollywood throwing bad money after aging action stars?

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McP
McP

Well the first one sucked, too, but was fun. I don't think it's all about the money, he says he never expected to become an action star, so he's just riding the wave for fun.

McP
McP

Given that the ending of Man on Fire doesn't allow a sequel, we have to settle for this.

Death Sentence 2 is possible, the ending can be creatively interpreted.

I love these types of movies. I even enjoyed Law Abiding Citizen, though it was way over the top.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I have a lot of respect for Neeson as an actor and I love his transformation from a "serious actor" to an action hero. Who knew he had it in his classically trained self to kick ass like that! I think he should take the money and run, if necessary.

Moe
Moe

think of how many great films could get made for $20 mil!!!

fuck, the films can even star Liam Neeson for all I care, but we don't need bullshit clogging up the theaters

Mack Power
Mack Power

I agree with you.

Though I haven't seen Taken 2 but what kinda plot could you have for a Taken 3. I mean who left to be taken? I remember seeing an interview with Maggie Grace where she joke that in Taken 3 the family dog would be taken. That all I'm saying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mundo
Mundo

From 1 mil to 20 is quite a difference, but hell if he can get that much why not...he will know if he misses out or not, anyways, I think Neeson is a good actor, and deserves...