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NBC: 'Taken' prequel series in the works

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Stephanie Branchu

NBC seeks a particular set of skills in its newest straight-to-series order. The Peacock greenlit a prequel to the Liam Neeson action franchise of Taken, EW confirmed.

It’ll be a joint venture between Universal TV and the producers of the original 2008 film, EuropaCorp. The movie’s director, Luc Besson, will sit as a producer.

The film made Liam Neeson a bona fide action star and launched a fruitful second act of his career. One of the movie’s signature moments — the “particular set of skills” speech— has been canonized as well as lionized. It tracks the efforts of former CIA operative Bryan Mills, initially set off to track down his kidnapped daughter.

The plot of the series will reportedly focus on Mills without children and unmarried, but set today, not the late ’80s or early ’90s.

There are still a handful of unknowns with this series, though. Taken the show is without a writer, showrunner, an episode count, or a premiere date.

Deadline first reported the order by NBC.

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