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Not even a week removed from the release of 'Taken 2,' and there is already talk of another installment in this fledgling franchise. The sequel found Liam Neeson in Turkey, having to save himself and his ex-wife from the vengeful families of the human traffickers he took down on the first film. Was that the end of the story? Not according to 'Taken 2' writer Robert Mark Kamen. In a recent interview, Kamen stated that Fox was eager to get another sequel in the works, and the motivation for it is less than surprising...
"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."
Oh good, so at least they're making 'Taken 3' for the right reasons. It's not often that you hear someone, especially a screenwriter, come out and say that the impetus for making a film is 100% financial. It is not exactly promising for the next movie in this series. Honestly, it wouldn't even be so frustrating if 'Taken 2' were a better film. If it had been at least as enjoyable as the first instead of an unmitigated mess of a story with next to none of the satisfying elements that characterized the first, I'd have no issue with the idea of a third. But 'Taken 2' was so aggravatingly bad that I decided to just look at the first film as a standalone story. I can't imagine anyone seeing 'Taken 2' and clamoring for a part three, especially if the sole motivation for making it is to cash in on the box office. It'll be interesting to see if Fox is still keen on making another 'Taken' after the inevitable astronomical box office drop-off of 'Taken 2's second weekend.
What do you guys think? Would you want to see another 'Taken?' Anyone want to defend 'Taken 2?'