Report: The Popular ‘Taken’ Movie Franchise is Expanding to TV in Prequel Series

Sep 17, 2015  •  Post A Comment

The successful “Taken” movie franchise is expanding to television “with a prequel drama about a young Bryan Mills (the character in the movies played by Liam Neeson),” writes our friend Nellie Andreeva in an exclusive story for Deadline.

Andreeva adds that show has “landed a straight-to-series order at NBC. Search is underway for a writer/showrunner to spearhead the adaptation.  The series will be a co-production between Luc Besson’s studio EuropaCorp. and Universal TV.”

Bresson, “who co-wrote the three movies in addition to producing the feature franchise,” will be one of the executive producers on the project, the story says.

The article also notes that “The series will focus on how [the young] 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.”

To read more about this story we urge you to click here, which will take you to Andreeva’s original article.

LiamNeesonTakenLiam Neeson in the first “Taken” movie. This popular franchise moves to TV with a prequel series


  1. The films were only good because of Liam Neeson; even the last two he had difficulty holding them together. I cannot imagine a TV series lasting more than one or two seasons without him.

  2. The broadcast landscape is currently missing serious action/drama right now, and this would appear to help expand the genre to an audience that is our there, but not really being served to capacity.

    I more than understand the time bend, not only with budget, but to also set the show on it’s own frame.

    Beau Smith
    The Flying Fist Ranch

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