To be fair, they’ll probably pay him with one giant paycheck instead of three because Hollywood accounting is nothing if not efficient, but according to Deadline Hollywood, Fox is paying Liam Neeson $20M to return for Taken 3.
So this is going to happen. Taken 2 writer Robert Mark Kamen and franchise mastermind Luc Besson are already working on the script, but there’s no director yet, and Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen haven’t signed on yet either. Obviously, Neeson was the linchpin, but even if he hadn’t agreed to be in it, it’s not hard to imagine them Tokyo Drifting into a third movie without Bryan Mills (who has incredibly bad luck with kidnappings). Lucas Black probably has a set of skills, too.
I have no issue with there being a third entry — no logical problem with yet another abduction under Mills’ nose, no concern for more mindless action, no fear for diminishing returns. My only real question is when they’ll mash this up with Schindler’s List. The people are demanding it, Fox. Why won’t you listen?