When thinking about the most incompetent, atrocious, embarrassing excuses for action movies to hit theaters in the last few years, Taken 2 jumps to mind pretty damn quickly. The first film, directed by Pierre Morel, was a fun exercise in simplistic storytelling: girl gets kidnapped, badass dad kills everyone in his path to track her down. But the second movie, directed by Olivier Megaton, was an abysmal cash grab that removed any sense of entertainment from the story as we watched Neeson and his ex-wife get captured and his daughter do the saving.
If you’re the company (Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, in this case) that saw Taken 2 rake in over $375 million, screw creativity – you might as well bring back the same hack that directed the sequel for yet another movie. According to Deadline, that’s exactly what’s happened: Megaton is back in the director’s chair, and actor Forest Whitaker is in talks to join the cast in an unspecified role. The script – like the first two movies – will be written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, and if the second movie was any indication, we’re in for a whole lot of action film cliches this time around. This is going to suck so hard.
Neeson, who was reluctant to return for Taken 2 and laughed off talk of a third movie multiple times, will reportedly pull in a $20 million payday for starring in Taken 3. When asked about the possibility of doing another sequel back in 2012, Neeson told Empire, “I don’t see it. I don’t think it’s going to happen. I really don’t. I can’t see a possible scenario where audiences wouldn’t go, ‘Oh, come on…! She’s taken again?'” And even Megaton, who I consider to be one of the worst directors working in the industry today, at least demonstrated that he had the capacity for understanding story arcs when told CinemaBlend that a third movie wouldn’t make sense:
We want to work with Liam again on another movie, and the priority is to do something else, another movie. I don’t think that it will go on for Taken 3, I don’t see the point. The second one, it was fine, we closed the books. Even Luc [Besson] or Robert [Mark Kamen, the screenwriter]– if this one’s a success too, maybe they’re going to think about it, money is money for them. But after it will be very difficult to ask Liam to be back again. The logic of his character has ended for this one, for me.
It’s sad to hear that after both of these guys brushed off the concept of a third movie with such disdain, they’re jumping back in for another sequel. Well, at least this is a pretty clear sign that if you value things like a solid script, interesting character moments, and compelling story arcs, you should stay away from Taken 3.
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