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Liam Neeson in talks for Taken 3 and bumper pay cheque

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Story by Jack Foley

LIAM Neeson is reportedly being lined up to reprise his role as hard-man Bryan Mills in a third Taken movie.

According to Deadline, 20th Century Fox and Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp production company are offering the actor $20 million to sign up for a third installment.

The original Taken saw Neeson playing an ex-CIA operative that was forced to revisit his “particular set of skills” when sex traders kidnapped his daughter in Paris. The Istanbul-set sequel saw him and his entire family targeted by the vengeful father of the criminal he killed in the first film.

The actor had indicated that the second film would likely be his last in the role of Mills.

However, the film’s producers are so confident that they have lured Neeson back that they are now negotiating with co-stars Maggie Grace, who played his daughter, and Famke Janssen, who played his ex-wife, to reprise their roles.

A script by Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, who wrote the first two films, is also reportedly complete with production expected to begin in February 2014.

To date, the Taken movies have cost a total of $60m, yet returned more than 10 times that amount at the box office globally.

Whereas the first Taken was generally well received by critics, Taken 2 was roundly panned.

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