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Taken 2 Is A Go, With Neeson

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In Taken, Liam Neeson successfully takes on the French underworld with a gun, a few well-placed punches and kicks, and some truly epic one-liners. The unassuming actor is an unlikely action star, but he was a perfect fit for the role of retired government ass-kicker Bryan Mills. And now, he’s going to do it again.

As much as the recently released Unknown felt like a sequel to the 2008 film, an actual sequel is now getting off the ground with Luc Besson once again set to produce, Deadline reports. Besson is working out the script with the first movie’s writer Robert Mark Kamen, and Transporter 3 director Olivier Megaton is in talks to helm it. If there’s a better recipe for success, I’m not sure what it is.

Neeson’s participation in the sequel was initially a question mark due to concerns about the actor’s schedule. However, in an update to the original post, Deadline writes that Besson and Neeson have worked out those issues and a deal is being finalized. The plan is to shoot later this year or in early 2012, presumably for a release later next year.

Fantastic news for one and all. Who else can’t wait to see which nation gets a taste of Neeson’s boot in Taken 2?