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TV Review: ‘Taken’ on NBC

23 February 2017 12:11 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The most relevant question to ask of the TV reboot of “Taken” just might be: Will the valet guys like it?

In the cult of Liam Neeson, no film has higher standing than “Taken,” in which a good deal of the plot is described by the title of the film. In one of the most famous sketches from “Key & Peele,” two employees at a valet stand compete to determine which of them has a more fanatical loyalty to all things Neeson. Anyone who’s ever found themselves relishing the actor’s recent action pics (despite plot holes and other slapdash elements) can likely understand their devotion.

In NBC’s “Taken,” Clive Standen (“Vikings”) stars as the lead character from the film — but his version of Bryan Mills is 30 years younger than the grizzled operative played by Neeson. Still, there are a great many kidnappings in this take on the movie, and »

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Altice Studios’ Sfr Play Acquires Luc Besson’s ‘Taken’ Series

31 January 2017 8:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris– After making its first drama acquisition with “Medici: The Masters of Florence,” Altice Studios’s subscription-based service Sfr Play has picked up exclusive first-window French rights to “Taken,” the 40-million Euros series co-written and produced by Luc Besson.

Created by Alexander Cary (“Homeland”) et Alex Graves (“Game of Thrones”), the “Taken” series is based on the blockbuster film franchise which scored $929 million worldwide. It will roll out on Sfr Play in March.

The drama series, set to premiere on NBC next month, is co-produced by EuropaCorp Television and Universal Television, with Alexander Cary, Alex Graves, Luc Besson, Matthew Gross, Edouard de Vesinne and Thomas Anargyros producing.

Conceived as a prequel to the trilogy, the “Taken” series stars Clive Standen (“Vikings), Jennifer Beals (“Flashdance”), Brooklyn Sudano (“11.22.63”), Gaius Charles (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and James Landry Herbert (“Gangster squad”).

The series’s 10 episodes will be available one by one on Sfr Play, following »

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‘Taken’ Star Clive Standen Says NBC Series Will Bring ‘Heart’ to the Action

18 January 2017 3:56 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Taken” star Clive Standen says that despite it’s blockbuster origins, his new NBC series will be different than other big-budget action franchises. “We’ve got nothing compared to those $100 million action movies,” Standen said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday. “A lot of the action movies out there are all sound and fury signifying nothing. I don’t connect with big explosions and backflips and things. It has to be driven by heart, and it has to be driven by character.” The show, executive produced by Alex Cary and Matt Gross, serves as a pseudo-prequel to the Liam Neeson film. »

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Exclusive: Clive Standen Talks Stepping Into Liam Neeson's Shoes, Doing His Own Stunts for NBC's 'Taken'

18 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Clive Standen had to learn "a very particular set of skills" to take on Liam Neeson's iconic Taken character -- and then some!

Et hopped on the phone with the 35-year-old actor last month, where he opened up about what it took to step into Bryan Mills' shoes for the upcoming NBC series, starting with losing a bit of his trademark Viking bulk.

Exclusive: 'Vikings' Star Clive Standen Talks Rollo's Absence, Teases 'Fiery' Reunion Between Rollo and Bjorn

"With any new character, you have to wipe the canvas clean and start from the beginning," Standen shared. "Physically, I weighed 220 pounds to play Rollo [on History Channel's Vikings], but for Bryan Mills, he's a spy. So I had to lose quite a lot of weight to get in shape for Bryan Mills in an entirely different way."

"[Mills] is not an action hero, he's covert, and there's a big difference," he added. "So I tried to kind of lose a »

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