“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?