Movie News: Liam Neeson Returning in 'Taken 3;' Stand-Alone 'Wolverine' Confirmed, Plus Pic; Steamy Trailer for 'Adore'

Movie News: Liam Neeson Returning in 'Taken 3;' Stand-Alone 'Wolverine' Confirmed, Plus Pic; Steamy Trailer for 'Adore'

Jun 25, 2013

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Taken 3: Liam Neeson will return as an ass-kicking retired CIA agent in Taken 3, confirming a rumor we first reported last fall. In 2008's Taken, his daughter Maggie Grace was kidnapped; in last year's Taken 2, he and his wife Famke Janssen were kidnapped, so we're not sure if he has any family members left to kidnap, but we're sure they'll think of something. Reportedly, Neeson will be paid $20 million for his troubles; the sequel made more than $376 million worldwide. It's not yet known if Grace or Janssen will return, or who will direct; action maestro Luc Besson's company will produce. [Deadline]

The Wolverine: Director James Mangold has confirmed that The Wolverine, due in theaters on July 26, will stand alone as a story, dispelling rumors that it will somehow be tied into Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past, since the character will appear in both movies. "Our agenda was always our agenda and our movie stands alone," the director says, "so the journey we take Logan on in The Wolverine we bring to a close." Meanwhile, a fierce new photo of Rila Fukushima as the character Yukio has been released. [SFX / Coming Soon]

The Wolverine

Richard Matheson: Writer Richard Matheson, whose short stories, novellas, novels, teleplays and screenplays provided the basis for dozens of wildly imaginative movies and TV shows, has died at the age of 87. Raised in New York, he began publishing short fiction in 1950, eventually moving to Los Angeles, where he contributed memorable episodes of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek, among numerous others. His work included The Incredible Shrinking Man, I Am Legend, Duel and Somewhere in Time, and served as the basis for What Dreams May Come, Stir of Echoes, The Box, Real Steel and many more. [Tor]

Adore Trailer: The eye-catching premise for Adore, formerly titled Two Mothers, is that good-looking childhood friends Robin Wright and Naomi Watts decide to get away together at a beachside villa, only to find that they're drawn to each other's strapping, young-adult son. As you might expect, complications ensue. The movie will steam up theaters on September 16. [MovieClips]

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