Liam Neeson thinks that the upcoming third installment of the action thriller film series "Taken" called "Tak3n" will be the concluding chapter of the franchise.
"Tak3n" will not feature another case of kidnapping. Instead, retired CIA agent Bryan Mills, played by the 62-year-old Irish actor, becomes a fugitive after he has been falsely accused of murdering someone close to him.
"This time, no more traveling," Neeson told USA Today. "If my daughter was 'taken' again on a trip, Bryan Mills would have to be certifiably locked up for bad parenting."
"I have to go on the run, I'll put it that way, from the not-so-lawful types and the lawful authorities," the Oscar-nominated actor said of the third installment's plot. "Bryan Mills served his country faithfully, but now even they are after him. They must not like me."
Forest Whitaker, who joins the franchise as a pursuing law enforcement agent named Franck Dotzler, told USA Today that "people are attracted to quiet heroes" such as Bryan. "Liam's presence has that. He gives people a sense of comfort and security. And he's an excellent actor," he explained.
But Whitaker seemed to be disappointed that he and the 6-foot-4 former amateur boxer never had the chance to directly battle each other in the film. "There's no big fight between us, which I would have loved," Whitaker revealed. "That will have to wait until 'Taken 4.'"
But that dream scene of Whitaker may never happen at all as Neeson thinks the franchise will end with this third installment. "It's a rollicking good story," he said. "But I think this is the end."
But back in 2012, Neeson also said that he did not think a third "Taken" film would happen.
"I don't see [a third film being made]. I don't think it's going to happen. I really don't, he told Empire Online at the time via Yahoo Movie UK. "I can't see a possible scenario where audiences wouldn't go, 'Oh, come on! She's taken again?'"
But whether or not "Tak3n" would be the last chapter of the franchise, Neeson will still continue his action career.
"If I feel audiences saying, 'Come on, he's 62, enough is enough,' I'm very sensitive to that and if I pick up that vibe it will all stop. And I'll start playing dads or grandfathers," Neeson told USA Today. "But I keep myself pretty fit and my knees are still great. And it's fun."
"Tak3n" opens in theaters s on Jan. 9, 2015. Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen will also reprise their roles as Neeson's on-screen wife and daughter respectively, AceShowiz reported.
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