Taken is being turned into a TV show: NBC orders a prequel series of the mega Liam Neeson action franchiseTaken is the latest film franchise to be turned into a TV show, with a prequel adaptation of the action movies heading to NBC for a full series. Star Liam Neeson is not involved in the project, but the original film's writer Luc Besson created the new prequel series and is searching for a writer and showrunner. Taken 3 review: As hackneyed and unashamedly cynical as sequels get Liam Neeson refuses to rule out Taken 4: 'We'll see' The TV show will follow a young Bryan Mills (the character played by Neeson in the three movies) as he learns his specialist skills and is yet to start a family. Besson is an executive producer on the series along with with Matthew Gross, Edouard de Vesinne and Thomas Anargyros. Taken was a surprise hit when it was released in 2008. It took $226 million at the global box office and transformed Neeson into an action star. Two sequels have since followed, in 2012 and 2014. The entire franchise has now made $928.7m worldwide.
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