Luc Besson has sold the rights to the “Taken” franchise to NBC in a straight to series order for a prequel to the hit 2008 film. It’s being executive produced by Luc Besson, who co-wrote the films.
The show will explore just how Liam Neeson’s character Bryan Mills acquired that “very particular set of skills” that make him such a badass in the movies. Don’t expect Liam Neeson to reprise his role in this prequel series, however — someone younger is going to have to take up the mantle of the CIA agent who can beat up the bad guys. The show takes place before Mills got married or had kids, and will instead presumably focus on his time at the agency.
But who will play Bryan Millers? Liam Neeson has become iconic for this role, and you have to wonder how NBC will find someone with the same intensity in a younger body. It’s a bit of a mystery, but I’m sure they will take their time and get it right for Taken.