June 25th, 2013
03:33 PM ET
The days of Liam Neeson battling international villains and tallying body counts aren't over.
According to Deadline, a script for "Taken 3" is already in the works, and Neeson is reportedly set for a huge pay day.
The report says the studio wants to begin production on "Taken 3" in February 2014, and that the production team's willing to shell out almost $20 million for Neeson to return as ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills. The rumor is that Neeson - a.k.a. the baddest man on cinema in the last few years ("The Grey," anyone?) - wasn't all that interested in doing a "Taken 2" before he was offered somewhere around $15 million.
The first "Taken," released in 2008, was made for $25 million and grossed $226 million at the box office. Though "Taken 2" didn't get the same adoration from critics, the film had a budget of $45 million and beat out its predecessor with $376 million in ticket sales.
Next up for the studio will be locking in Neeson's co-stars Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen, who play Mills' daughter and ex-wife, respectively.
Are you ready for "Taken 3"?
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