‘Taken 2’ Screenwriter Admits Shocking Reason For Wanting to Make ‘Taken 3’: Box Office Returns

You know what, Robert Mark Kamen? Good for you. On the heels of Taken 2‘s blockbuster opening (the film made over $49m in its first weekend, and currently clocks in at a hefty $122m worldwide as of this posting), screenwriter Kamen (who also penned the first film) sat down with‘s own (and our former) Matt Patches to talk about all sorts of stuff.

Well, mainly money and sequels.

The interview is a great read on its own (seriously, at one point, Kamen shares that he and Luc Besson call each other “Shrek” and “Donkey,” which could be a solid base for some really compelling fan fiction), but for the purpose of this item, we’ll just focus on what Kamen had to say about the possibility of Taken 3. Read: a strong possibility.

When asked about making a third film in the Taken franchise, Kamen didn’t shy away from saying pretty much what everyone else must have been thinking: “We didn’t start talking about [Taken 3] until we saw the numbers. But then we said, ‘Oh, okay. I think we should do a third one.’ And Fox wants us to do a third one.” Fair enough, box office receipts!

But just what could this third Taken possibly be about? Well, other than people being, uh, taken? On that, Kamen demurs: “We’ve taken everyone we can take — it’s going to go in another direction. Should be interesting.” Count the cash now, Kamen.

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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