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News Simon Brew 14 Mar 2014 - 06:48
With the ongoing promise that Taken 3 won't be about someone being, er, taken this time, the cast of the film is coming together. We already know that Liam Neeson is set to reprise his role as Bryan Mills in the new film, and it had been revealed a little while back that Forest Whitaker would be joining the project too.
Now it's been confirmed that two familiar faces will be back for Taken 3 as well. Maggie Grace will be back as Neeson's daughter in the new movie, and Famke Janssen is returning to reprise the role of his wife, Lenore. These are not shocking announcements, granted, but they do now appear to be done deals.
The plan is to get Taken 3 shooting at the end of the month, »
We already know that Liam Neeson has accepted $20 million to return for a third "Taken" film, and now comes word that Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen have both just signed deals to reprise their roles. It was previously reported that Forest Whitaker is in talks to join the franchise. "Taken 3" will be directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2) and is set to start filming at the end of the month. The first "Taken" film was made for $25 million and went on to gross $227 million worldwide. The sequel was made for $45 million and earned $376 million. »
Welcome to The Best Movie You Never Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine. This week we’ll be looking at Seraphim Falls starring Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson. The Story: At the end of the Civil War, Carver (Liam Neeson), a former colonel, hunts down Gideon »
- Paul Shirey
Update: Just hours after we wondered whether Famke Janssen would also reprise her role as Lenore Mills, Deadline reports that she has closed her deal. The story has been updated accordingly. Now that star Liam Neeson is locked in for Taken 3, director Olivier Megaton is going about getting the rest of the cast in place. One of the […]
- Angie Han
• Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3) is currently in talks to star opposite Johnny Depp (Transcendence) in Warner Bros. upcoming crime drama, Black Mass. The film tells the story of famed Boston mob boss and FBI informant, Whitey Bulger (Depp), who uses his double status as a way of picking off any criminal competition. Pearce is currently in talks to play Bulger’s brother on the project which is being produced by Warner Bros. and Cross Creek. [Variety]
- Pamela Gocobachi
Contrary to popular belief, not all mega-successful movies get an automatic sequel. Often, a pitched battle rages over the right to add a +1 on the end of whatever movie just made a gazillion dollars worldwide. Take Taken 3. The addition of that “3″ was no cakewalk. At first, Liam Neeson was adamant that the film shouldn’t be made, that a single family would suffer three takings to be completely absurd. “It’s just bad parenting,” Neeson argued. Then, Fox offered him $20M to change his mind. He did. But there was a catch: Neeson’s agreement meant Fox had to implement a strict “No Taking” policy for Taken 3. No daughters would be taken. No wives. Not a single Liam Neeson. Which begs the question: what’s everyone supposed to do instead? We don’t know much, but now we at least know something. Twin reports from Deadline confirm that both Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen have »
- Adam Bellotto
(Cbr) Maggie Grace is about to be "Taken" again — again. At least, she’s about to return to the Liam Neeson action franchise for the upcoming "Taken 3", Deadline reports, reprising her role as Kim Mills. There’s no word on the plot, although Neeson is back on board, and Forest Whitaker has a part to play as well. In other Grace news, the actress has landed a starring role on an untitled new CBS drama focused on the fast-paced and power-hungry world of Wall Street. She’ll star opposite Charlie Cox as a legal counsel named Jaime, described as “smart, ambitious, savvy and has a conscience.” Basically, all of the things Shannon wasn’t on "Lost". »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Was anyone asking for a Taken 3? The first Taken, in which CIA Agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) prowled the streets of Paris searching for his kidnapped daughter, was one of the most enjoyable actioners to hit screens in the last decade, and it introduced audiences to Neeson as a bona fide action hero, so I can’t fault it for that. Then, Taken 2 arrived, lacking all of the original’s smarts, ingenuity and (worst of all) sense of fun. When the sequel grossed more than the first Taken, however, a third installment was inevitable.
Now, in addition to the already-confirmed Neeson, the Olivier Megaton-directed film has locked down Maggie Grace, who played Bryan’s daughter Kim, and Famke Janssen, who played his wife Lenore. Neither of those casting scoops are very surprising, considering that Grace and Janssen both took on larger roles in Taken 2.
How they »
- Isaac Feldberg
It’s another testosterone-driven weekend at the multiplexes as the video game-turned-movie Need for Speed faces off against last week’s reigning box office conqueror 300: Rise of an Empire.
The question is whether or not Aaron Paul, beloved as the tragic Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad, can carry a movie. The idea of a star-driven film is a bit of an outdated mentality, but choosing Paul to lead a fairly expensive action pic was at turns unconventional and bold. It’s also a lot of pressure, especially if DreamWorks and EA are eyeing a potential franchise in the vein »
- Lindsey Bahr
Deadline reports that the actress has just finalized a deal to appear in the third installment of the franchise alongside star Liam Neeson, as well as Maggie Grace, who plays the on-screen couple's daughter. Janssen had mostly been limited to a sideline character in the first two films, though as Neeson revealed in a recent interview, the plot of the latest chapter in the series will vary considerably from its predecessors -- which could mean a bigger payoff for Janssen.
"They called me up and I said, 'I'll do it, but only as long as nobody gets taken, »
- Katie Roberts
(Cbr) Warner Bros. didn’t have to look far to find a director for its sequel "The Lego Movie": Deadline reports the studio has hired Chris McKay, who served as animation co-director on the original. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who directed this year’s animated hit, will return to produce the follow-up, which is being written by Jared Stern ("Wreck-It Ralph") and Michelle Morgan ("Girl Most Likely"). It’s set for release on May 26, 2017. "The Lego Movie", which featured the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman, has grossed more than $361 million worldwide since its premiere early last month. »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
Liam Neeson is returning as Bryan Mills, a dangerous father with a specific set of skills that he used to track down Kim in 2009's Taken, after Kim was abducted in Europe. The 2012 sequel Taken 2 flipped the script, with Kim helping to rescue her father and mother (Famke Janssen) after they were taken hostage in Albania. No story details have been released for this follow-up, although our report from January also revealed that Forest Whitaker is in talks for an unspecified role.
In related news, Maggie Grace »
Exclusive: Famke Janssen has closed her deal to reprise her role in Taken 3, opposite Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace. Another film seemed a natural, since the franchise has done more than $600 million in global box office. Janssen has so far been limited to playing the helpless housewife, and I am not sure if it has occurred to the filmmakers at Europa, but Janssen has a very particular set of skills she has acquired over a very long career, skills that would make her a nightmare for the bad guys who show up in these movies. The Dutch actress first came to prominence as the femme fatale Xenia Onatopp in the James Bond film Goldeneye, as she was cracking guys’ spines like walnuts with her aerobicized thighs. As X-Men’s Phoenix, she nearly destroyed the world with her powers. Neeson’s got to be tired by now, so isn’t »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Movie News - Maggie Grace is on board for 'Taken 3,' she will be back for the third installment of the film. The 30-year-old star is set to reprise her role as Bryan Mills' (Liam Neeson) daughter in the next movie to be produced in popular franchise, according to Deadline.com. Grace has also been tapped as the female lead, alongside Charlie Cox, in a forthcoming CBS Wall Street drama pilot, which is yet to be titled, and had to work out dates for the pilot and 'Taken 3' to make sure there were no clashes. Meanwhile, Neeson is said to have been offered $20million to reprise his role as Mills, Famke Janssen looks set to portray his ex-wife once again, and Forest Whitaker is in talks to join the join the cast. Olivier Megaton - who directed the second film - is in the director's seat, »
Sam Mendes, who scored the biggest hit of his career with his first Bond outing "Skyfall," was recently honored by the Roundabout Theater Company at a spring gala held in his honor. Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson and Alan Cumming all paid honor the film/theater director, but the highlight for any filmmaker in attendance came when Mendes took to the stage and shared his 25 rules for becoming a "happier director." Lucky for you, Vanity Fair was there to first report on his advice. His rules are listed below. 1. Always choose good collaborators. It seems so obvious, but the best collaborators are the ones who disagree with you. It means they’re passionate, they have opinions, and they’ll only ever say yes if they mean it. 2. Try to learn how to make the familiar strange, and the strange familiar. Direct Shakespeare like it’s a new play, and »
- Nigel M Smith
Here's the latest casting news for the following films: Nicholas Hoult will star in the Iraqi war drama, Sand Castle, based on true-life events. Maggie Grace will return for Olivier Megaton's Taken 3, starring Liam Neeson. Update: Famke Janssen has closed a deal to return as well. Carla Gugino has landed the female lead opposite Dwayne Johnson in New Line's disaster picture, San Andreas. Hit the jump for more on each project. First up from THR is news that Hoult is set to star in Sand Castle, a war drama that marks the feature directorial debut of commercials helmer, Seb Edwards. Written by Chris Roessner and based on his two years and more than 200 missions as a machine gunner in Iraq's Sunni Triangle, Sand Castle made its way onto the 2012 Black List. It tells the tale of "Matt Ocre (Hoult) and the leader of his platoon, Sergeant Baker, as they attempt to protect Baqubah, »
- Dave Trumbore
The deal comes as Grace books a leading role in CBS' untitled Wall Street drama pilot, a role that required schedule juggling so that she could shoot "Taken 3". [Source: Deadline]
The story is said to deal with love, greed, family and a hoax that goes terribly wrong. Originally set in Australia, writer Abe Pogos came onboard and changed the setting to Alaska. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
A flustered Bruce Willis, running around in Die Hard 2, recognizes the ludicrousness of this given situation . having to deal with lethal terrorists once again . and mutters, "How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?" Don.t the actors responsible for the ongoing Taken series feel the same way by now? Sure, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), we get that your daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), was taken in the initial film. Then the rest of the family had to get involved for Taken 2. And when that film broke the bank, plans for a third were triggered. now with Grace agreeing to return to the role of the perpetually threatened daughter. Deadline confirms Grace.s return to the series, stating that she is the first cast member with an actual deal in place to join Neeson for what is being called the third and "final" Taken movie. Because really, »
So, here's a news update about a Black List script and two sequels, which seems to be an accurate ratio of what kind of movies are made in Hollywood. So let's just get right to it. First up, Nicholas Hoult has bagged a role in "Sand Castle," an Iraqi war drama that has a script by Chris Roessner that landed on the 2012 Black List. Commercials helmer Seb Edwards will make his feature debut on the pic, based on the screenwriter's own experiences, that tells the story of "Matt Ocre (Hoult) and the leader of his platoon, Sergeant Baker, as they attempt to protect Baqubah, a dangerous farming village." Promising stuff, but no word yet on when it will lens. Meanwhile, the continuity of two major sequels won't be rocked: Maggie Grace will once again do something with her cinematic father, Liam Neeson, in "Taken 3." No word yet on any plot details, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Looks like the family is staying together. Taken 3 will reunite Liam Neeson with his on screen ex-wife and daughter as both Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace are on-board for the sequel. While we all know the famous "set of skills" scene was in reference to saving his daughter in the first film, Neeson's character was tasked with rescuing his ex in the sequel. Both films were box office hits, so what will become of the Mills clan the third time around? Forest Whitaker has been in »
- Alex Maidy
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