‘Taken 3’ is in the works, says screenwriter

But writer Robert Mark Kamen says the third film will 'go in another direction' from the first two

Screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen has revealed that plans are underway to make Taken 3.

Released in 2008, the original Taken starred Liam 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 alongside his wife, forcing their daughter to mount a rescue mission. You can watch the trailer below.

Recently, Neeson predicted that Taken 2 will be the final film in the series, saying: “I think this is the end.” However, according to Kamen, the sequel’s box office success has prompted a rethink. Taken 2 is already estimated to have grossed over $100 million (£62 million) worldwide.

Kamen, who co-wrote both movies with producer Luc Besson, told Hollywood.com: “We didn’t start talking about [Taken 3] until we saw the numbers. But then we said, ‘Oh, OK. I think we should do a third one.’ And [distributor] Fox wants us to do a third one.”

However, Kamen admitted that the third film will need to follow a very different storyline. He explained: “We’ve taken everyone we can take – it’s going to go in another direction. Should be interesting.”