Liam Neeson has predicted that Taken 2 will be the final film in the action series.
Released in 2008, the original Taken starred Neeson as a former CIA operative whose daughter is kidnapped by human traffickers. The film was a surprise smash at the box office, grossing over $226 million (£140 million) worldwide, and reinventing Neeson as an action star.
The Irish actor has now returned for Taken 2, which opened in cinemas last Friday (October 5). In the sequel, the roles are reversed, with Neeson’s character kidnapped and his daughter – played by Maggie Grace – mounting a rescue mission. You can watch the trailer below.
Taken 2 is already shaping up to match the success of the original, having earned an estimated $50 million (£31 million) over the weekend in North America alone. Both films were produced and co-written by French filmmaker Luc Besson, the man behind the Transporter trilogy and four-film Taxi series.
When asked whether Taken could become a longer-running franchise, Neeson told Collider: “I don’t think so; I think this is the end. I mean, how many times can she be taken? I mean, it’s bad parenthood, really, after that.”
The actor also dismissed suggestions that Taken could be made into a TV show, saying: “I don’t think so, there’s enough of those shows aren’t there?”