Liam Neeson is closing a massive deal, reportedly worth $20 million, to return as Bryan Mills for the 20th Century Fox and EuropaCorp sequel Taken 3.

We reported in October that this sequel is in the works, with Taken and Taken 2 writers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen writing the screenplay. The first Taken earned over $225 million worldwide from just a $25 million budget, centering on Liam Neeson's Bryan Mills as he frantically tries to get his kidnapped daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) back from her captors. Last year's sequel Taken 2, which made $376 million worldwide, featured Kim springing into action to rescue her father and mother Lenore (Famke Janssen) when they are kidnapped in Albania.

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No director has been attached to Taken 3 yet, but it is believed that Taken 2 filmmaker Olivier Megaton, a protege of writer-producer Luc Besson, may return to the helm. The studio is eyeing to start production as early as February 2014. That is provided they can close deals with Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen to come back, which is said to be the studio's next priority regarding the project.