It was announced last year that the film Taken starring Liam Neeson is set to become a television series and is set to air in mid season on NBC in 2017. The show started filming on 14th September 2016.
Up to date already, there has been three films in the franchise, the first is about a retired CIA operative named Bryan Mills who crosses the globe to rescue his 17-year-old daughter after she is kidnapped by human traffickers and sold into sexual slavery while traveling in France. The second focusses on Murad, the mob boss of the gang of human traffickers and father of Marko, whom Bryan had killed by electrocution, plans to capture Bryan, who is vacationing with his family in Istanbul, and avenge his son’s death. Finally the third is about Bryan being framed for the murder of his ex-wife, Lenore. He then sets out to clear his name by going after the real killers, while also eluding capture from U.S. authorities that he formerly worked for.
The producer of the three films is set to also produce the television show which is focussed on the run up to the films. As the website deadline.com defines:
I hear in Taken the series, Bryan Mills, the character played by Neeson in the movies, is a young man with no wife and kids. The series’ premise pays an homage to the movies as it references one of the films’ most popular quotes, part of Mill’s famous speech to one of the thugs suspected in the kidnapping of his daughter, “What I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career; Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.” The series will focus on how Mills acquires his “very particular set of skills” and becomes the character we all know. The series will bend time as it will be set in modern day, not decades in the past.
Whilst it is not a remake and a prequel, it will still be interesting to see if this television show becomes as successful as the film. The television remakes are becoming a very popular thing at the moment and whilst it works for some shows it doesn’t work for all, but the fact that it has the original producer attached means that it could lead to positive things for this show.