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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. »
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
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
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 »
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, »
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
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
Taken 3 is happening and Liam Neeson will return as still-retired CIA agent Bryan Mills, a man with a certain set of skills, for director Olivier Megaton (Taken 2) and now we know Maggie Grace will return as Mills' daughter Kim. Set to start shooting at the end of the month, the report from Deadline doesn't make mention of a previous story suggesting Forest Whitaker will also play a part, but it also doesn't say he won't so I'm going to assume he's still on board. As far as the plot is concerned, Neeson recently told the Jonathan Ross Show, his return was contingent on one thing, "Only as long as nobody gets taken!" My guess is the siblings of of Rade Serbedzija's character will be coming to the States to hunt down Mills in this one and Whitaker will likely play a partner/friend of Mills that ends up involved. »
- Brad Brevet
Maggie Grace is returning for Taken 3 , which Deadline says will be the final installment of the franchise. Grace is re-teaming with Liam Neeson, who plays her father in the films. Forest Whitaker was also said to be in talks for the Olivier Megaton-directed film, which is set to start shooting at the end of the month. The site says that Grace will also play the female lead opposite Charlie Cox in CBS' untitled Wall Street drama pilot, executive produced by John Cusack. The project centers on Jackson (Cox), a smart, sophisticated, Wall Street hedge fund trader. Grace will play Jaime, a newly hired in-house legal counsel at the hedge fund who is smart, ambitious, savvy and has a conscience. Update: Deadline is now also reporting that Famke Janssen is a lock to reprise »
Other high profile pics already greenlit by the revamped Trip tax rebate scheme include NBC’s mini-series “Rosemary’s Baby” and Bill Mechanic-produced “The Moon and the Sun.”
Cnc topper Frederique Bredin expects 2014 to be a record year in terms of international productions. “It’s still very early to tell, because decisions on location shooting are taken in a very short timeframe, and projects are kept confidential,” she explains. “But I can already tell you that 5 international productions, recently approved by the Trip scheme, will generate 100 days of filming in 2014, which is a very good start for the year.”
Since the scheme was introduced in 2009, more than 70 foreign productions from 14 countries have benefited from Trip.
In 2013 Trip-qualified foreign shoot spend in France exceeded $136.7 million – 7% of global French production spend.
A total spend of $497 million has been »
- Martin Dale
“We searched everywhere to find a fresh face who had the potential to become an action movie star and we’ve found the right match with Ed Skrein, who’s not only a great actor but also has enough charisma and physical stamina to play Frank Martin (the ‘Transporter’s’ leading role) with brio,” EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert told Variety.
Although plot details are still kept under wraps, Lambert said the first installment of “Transporter” reboot will return to the French Riviera, site of the first pic. He said the writers have given more »
- Elsa Keslassy
The news coming in from Berlin today is that legendary filmmaker Luc Besson is looking to reboot his franchise The Transporter with a brand new trilogy of movies kicking off with The Transporter 4. Besson, who produced the Jason Statham starring movies, which we directed by Louis Letterier, Corey Yuen and Olivier Megaton.
Sadly, the new movies will not star Statham, as the flicks will revolve around an origin story concerning his character Frank Martin, the driver who will literally transport anything. The word is that the first movie in the planned trilogy will be fast-tracked into production with two sequels greenlit should that one be successful.
The original ‘Transporter’ series made around $250 million around the world and even spawned a relatively successful TV series in 2011.
So, the question is; do you want to see more ‘Transporter’ movies?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The post The Transporter To Be Rebooted! appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Paul Heath
The Transporter movies are very silly, and their sequels have helped pushed their directors into bigger franchises. Transporter 2 eventually launched Louis Leterrier to The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans, and Transporter 3 director Olivier Megaton went on to Taken 2 and now he's set for Taken 3. But the films themselves have disappeared with Transporter 3 hitting theaters back in 2008, although they've continued as a TV series starring Chris Vance, first in 2011 on Cinemax, and now a second season on TNT later this year. Rather than simply picking the films back up and recasting the simple role of a guy who is good at driving and fighting, Luc Besson's EuropaCorp is going to reboot the series and turn it into becoming an origin story. That's kind of dumb, but then again so are the Transporter movies. Hit the jump for more. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »
- Matt Goldberg
In the third instalment of the popular franchise, no one actually gets taken! “They called me up and I said ‘I’ll do it,’” the Batman Begins actor told the host. “But only as long as nobody gets Taken!”
If you look at the interview below, he doesn’t appear to be joking and it makes sense that they might try a different format for the next movie (especially after critics and moviegoers pointed out the ludicrousness of Bryan Mills’ family being kidnapped yet again).
Neeson went on to say that Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen’s script tells a “really, really good story.” Maggie Grace is expected to return, and it was recently reported that Forest Whitaker is in talks to join »
- Josh Wilding
Pierre Morel’s 2008 film Taken was surely a frontrunner in that year’s films-least-likely-to-get-a-franchise awards (we’re pretty sure that’s a thing, right?), but in a classic case of sticking it to the audience, Liam Neeson returned for some reason with 2012′s Taken 2 (squandering the possibility of such classic titles as ‘Taken Again’, ‘Also Taken’ and ‘Taken Too’).
And now it appears one sequel wasn’t enough for Hollywood, as Taken 2′s director Olivier Megaton is back for more with Taken 3 – a film where, according to Liam Neeson, nobody will actually get ‘taken’:
‘They called me up and I said ‘I’ll do it… but only as long as nobody gets Taken.”
The actor also promised a ‘really, really good story‘, so it seems scriptwriters Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen might actually be mixing things up a bit for the threequel. In the original action thriller, »
- Chris Wharfe
Despite the fact that we really don’t need a Taken 3, we’re getting one anyways. Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace are set to return, as is director Olivier Megaton and writers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. While none of that sounds too promising, we did receive some positive news earlier this week when we heard that Forest Whitaker had signed on. Now, we’re hearing something else that makes us a bit more optimistic.
According to Bleeding Cool, Neeson promised a “really, really good story” and confirmed that nobody actually gets taken in the film, despite its title. Unfortunately, that’s all he would reveal about the plot but with production set to get underway later this year, more details may emerge in the coming months. If the actor is correct though in saying that nobody gets taken, that’s certainly an encouraging sign. A third film »
- Matt Joseph
Liam Neeson's been taken with the idea of Taken 3 for quite some time, but now he's saying that no one will actually be taken. Follow that? Neeson will return for a third installment in the Bryan Mills' skills saga (for a reported $20 million paycheck) which saw him rescue his kidnapped daughter in Pierre Morel's 2008 original, only to be taken himself in Olivier Megaton's 2012 follow-up. Megaton will also return to helm Taken 3, but a new report quotes Neeson himself saying "nobody gets taken." Hit the jump for more. Word via Bleeding Cool has Neeson promising a "really, really good story," but also throwing a bit of a curveball, saying: They called me up and I said "I'll do it... but only as long as nobody gets Taken." Apparently he wasn't joking. So will the Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen script shy away from kidnapping in »
- Dave Trumbore
(Cbr) Forest Whitaker, this next part is very important: Liam Neeson is going to take you. Deadline reports that Whitaker, the Oscar-winning star of "The Last King of Scotland", has been tapped for a lead role in "Taken 3", helmed by "Taken 2" director Olivier Megaton. There’s no word on who he’ll play just yet. Is Whitaker on board as the series’ new villain? Will he play one of Bryan Mills’ new allies? Is he the one who is about to be taken? For now, the only other details known are that Neeson is back as Mills, as is Maggie Grace »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Taken 2 director Olivier Megaton is going to return to direct the third movie in the franchise that was started by Luc Besson. Apparently Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace will be back to reprise their roles, and now Forest Whitaker is in talks to join them.
Neeson plays retired CIA agent Bryan Mills, and he used his badass skills to track down and rescue his daughter after she was kidnapped in the first film. He was then taken hostage in the sequel and he basically saved himself and his family. I loved the first movie, but didn't really care for the second. I think it's kind of ridiculous that we are going to see a third film. I honestly probably won't even watch it.
I guess they'll all just get taken again by someone else? Whatever happens, Neeson will be there to save the day! In case you're »
- Joey Paur
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