The networks have decided to snap their fingers and make several shows disappear. Designated Survivor, Lucifer, Quantico and The Exorcist have all been cancelled. So have Alex, Inc., Taken, and Great News. Your round-up of the latest TV cancellations is below.
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Liam Neeson is “taken” with the action genre no more.
The unlikely action star is retiring his particular set of skills and turning his back on the action genre a few months past his 65th birthday. I say unlikely because Neeson was a renowned prestige drama actor until the late ’90s and early ’00s saw him dabbling in blockbusters like Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Batman Begins. Then Taken came along in 2008 and gave him a late-career boost, transforming him into the modern era’s exemplary grizzled action star.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The chief appeal of the Taken movies wasn’t the action (it was pretty good at best) and it certainly wasn’t any kind of nuanced storytelling. The reason Taken was a hit, the reason the first film is still a damn good movie eight years later, the reason they were able to squeeze two far inferior sequels out of a barebones premise, is Liam Neeson. When Bryan Mills (or as I like to call him, John Taken) monologues about his specific set of skills, Neeson does something that most action heroes cannot: he makes you believe that he is actually capable of the carnage he is about to wreak. Neeson’s weary, no-bullshit performance is the reason these movies every worked in the first place.
So when you watch the trailer for NBC’s new Taken television series, there should be one question bouncing around your brain: can Taken really be Taken without Liam Neeson?
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NBC is presenting to the Television Critics Association today. The network’s upcoming offerings include Taken, based on the movies starring Liam Neeson. We asked NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt and President Jennifer Salke if they learned any lessons from failed movie adaptations like Rush Hour and Minority Report. Greenblatt said it’s all about the execution, and NBC’s Taken finds itself in interesting territory as it’s not quite a reboot, but not quite a prequel.
“What I think we try to do if we go into territory that’s familiar, or an old show that we’re bringing back, is to not do it in a straightforward way,” Greenblatt said. “Taken is, as you probably know, not a reboot really. It’s the same character but he’s 30 years younger and you’re seeing the origin of where that Liam Neeson character started from, but it’s in the present day. So it’s sort of Taken but it really isn’t literally a 60-year-old action hero show. But we love that character and we love the imagining of where he came from and how he got to be who he is.” Read More »
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Not too long ago, we found out that the Taken TV series in development at NBC had rounded up TV director Alex Graves (Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, The West Wing) to be at the helm of the pilot for the prequel story that will show us how Bryan Mills (the character originated by Liam Neeson in the film franchise) acquired his particular set of skills. And now that TV series has a leading man to step into Neeson’s shoes.
Vikings star Clive Standen has landed the lead role of Bryan Mills in the Taken TV series cast. But remember that this series will be set in modern day, but still follows a young version of the character before he would ever have to deal with his daughter and wife (and eventually himself) getting kidnapped. Find out more below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Attention NBC’s new Taken prequel series: I don’t know what you are. I don’t know why you exist. If you are looking for my viewership, I can tell you I cut the cord ages ago. But what I do have is a very particular set of tastes, tastes I have acquired over a brief-but-eventful career. Tastes that make me a nightmare for shows like you. If you give me a reason to care about a young Bryan Mills, that’ll be the end of it. I will watch you, I will stream you on Hulu. But if you don’t, I will not watch you, I will write smarmy things about you… and I will kill you.
Sorry. That escalated quickly. Anyway, this newfangled Taken show has found a director in Alex Graves, a veteran television director who has worked on shows your probably love.
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I know the main question everyone asked after watching any of the three Taken films was “but how did Bryan Mills” develop a very particular set of skills? Can we ever see that long career that gave him skills that make him a nightmare for bad people?
Now we’ll finally have the answer to those questions, because there’s a Taken TV series in the works from producer Luc Besson and NBC. But the Bryan Mills we see in the show won’t be the Bryan Mills we know, because Liam Neeson isn’t in the picture. This will be a younger version of Mills, before he has those skills, before he even has a family, before anyone is taken. Read More »
This weekend Melissa McCarthy enters secret agent territory as the unlikely hero Susan Cooper in the action comedy Spy. And while the trailers seem to indicate that she’s probably not the best woman for the job, she did get us thinking about the best spies in the business.
There have been plenty of spies on the big screen, from James Bond to Jason Bourne, and I decided to count down the Top 15 Best Movie Spies that we’ve seen throughout the years. However, you won’t find the likes of real-life spies whose life stories have been adapted for film. Instead, this is a collection of fictional spies from the movies. So with that out of the way, let’s count down the Top 15 Movies spies after the jump. Read More »
“Are you the Liam Neesons from Tooken?” That’s a good one-line joke when it’s used by Key and Peele, who have built a few really fun comedy sketches about a pair of valet attendants who literally explode in delight when talking about films starring Liam Neeson. Now two other guys — who seem to have no relation to Keegan Michael Key or Jordan Peele — are filming their own Taken spoof Tooken. That’s probably not a coincidence, is it? Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
Update: Just hours after we wondered whether Famke Janssen would also reprise her role as Lenore Mills, Deadline reports that she has closed her deal. The story has been updated accordingly.
Now that star Liam Neeson is locked in for Taken 3, director Olivier Megaton is going about getting the rest of the cast in place. One of the first to board is Maggie Grace, who has just closed her deal to reprise her role as Neeson’s daughter Kim.
It’ll likely be her last time playing the role, as Taken 3 is said to be the final installment in the very lucrative series. Get all the latest updates on the movie after the jump.
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