January is Hollywood’s dumping zone. Think your film is going to suck? Release it that month and at least you’ll have a good excuse for its poor performance. However, that wasn’t the case with the Sony film Taken. In fact, not only did it earn $24.7 million in its opening weekend, but it went on to take in a grand total of $226.8 million worldwide. Considering the film came together on a $25 million budget, that’s huge.

I have a hard time seeing it as a film with sequel potential, but when a film amasses such a high cash count, it’s inevitable. There’s been buzz about Taken 2 for quite awhile, but just recently, MTV got a brief update from the badass hero himself, Liam Neeson. When asked about the status of the next film, Neeson admitted it’s “hard to get a plot that will be believable.” You mean Bryan Mills’ daughter getting snatched up a second time isn’t plausible? Neeson added that he has plans to meet with writer Luc Besson later this month to talk about their options.

The idea of making a Taken 2 is still off-putting, but at least we know Neeson is well aware of the main problem. Yes, it’s fun to see the ex-CIA agent torturing and taking out bad guys, but he’s got to have a reason to do it and the whole rescue-your-daughter thing is already old news. Perhaps there’s someone higher in the food chain than Patrice Saint-Clair and he or she will want revenge for Mills destroying a serious source of cash in the Albanian human trafficking business.

Check out the video interview for yourself below.

By Perri Nemiroff

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By Perri Nemiroff

Film producer and director best known for her work in movies such as FaceTime, Trevor, and The Professor. She has worked as an online movie blogger and reporter for sites such as CinemaBlend.com, ComingSoon.net, Shockya, and MTV's Movies Blog.

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