Oscar-nominated actor Liam Neeson seemed like a surprising choice for the role of former CIA agent Bryan Mills in the action movie "Taken," but that leap has proved to be particularly fruitful for everyone involved. According to Deadline, the overprotective dad with a "particular set of skills" is returning for "Taken 3," and the actor is reportedly in negotiations for a $20 million payday.

Of course, since Mills has saved his daughter from human traffickers in "Taken," and saved himself, his daughter, and his ex-wife from bad guys in "Taken 2," it's not really clear who's left for him to save. The film did well at the box office, but it was not too popular with audiences or critics; it's currently got 21 percent over at Rotten Tomatoes.

Neeson wasn't originally interested in "Taken 2," but he did snag $15 million to reprise his role. Perhaps it took that extra $5 million million to lure him back again for a third go-round? After all, he's got his pick of leading man roles, from dramas to action; the deadpan actor has even tried his hand at comedy, with hilariously uncomfortable results on Ricky Gervais' show "Life's Too Short."

Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen are already hard at work on a screenplay. The two have collaborated on a number of scripts, including "The Fifth Element," "The Transporter," "Colombiana," and both "Taken" movies. There's currently not a director attached to "Taken 3," and there aren't deals in place with Famke Janssen, who played Bryan's ex-wife, and Maggie Grace, who played his daughter. But when you've got Mills' skills, the rest is just gravy.

[via Deadline]

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