go What is that sound? There’s a shatter of broken glass from the other room, and footsteps of several men who are breaking into your home. You receive a phone call from a familiar, brooding voice giving you instructions on how to survive, and says, “The next part is very important. They are going to take you…”
click Does this sound familiar? Fans of the series of Taken movies should immediately recognize this famous quote by Liam Neeson’s former CIA agent character, Bryan Mills. It’s the suspenseful moment in the first Taken movie that sets the stage for the action-packed ride that encompasses these thriller films. The first two movies were filmed mainly in California and Paris, but French producers of these films had a different “take” on how to complete the principal photography for the third and final movie in the series, released in 2015. The plot twist is also much different in this film, since Liam Neeson reportedly told producers he would agree to shoot a third movie only if ‘nobody gets taken’.
click here After 17 days on set in Los Angeles, California, the Taken 3 production crew wrapped and packed up their gear to move to Atlanta, Georgia for the next three weeks of shooting. In these 21 days, cast and crew made a special appearance to nearby Newton County for scenes filmed at the old Newton High School. The high school has since been demolished, but you can still pick out scenes including the blue lockers in the hallways, the blue tile in the high school bathrooms, and various classrooms within the administrative building. The interrogation between Kim [Maggie Grace] and Detective Dotzler [Forest Whitaker] is among these particular scenes. [Fun fact: the old Newton High School gym was also used in the filming of American Reunion!]
The French production team of Taken 3 decided to take advantage of the film incentives in our state with this final film in the Taken series. Georgia is known to have some of the most generous film incentives of anywhere in the United States, in which filmmakers can recover up to 30% of their production costs. The transferable tax credit offered here in 2008 was undoubtedly a huge benefit for the producers since they also shot the last 26 days on a sound stage in Paris, so cutting costs wherever possible would be a huge plus.
Considering the growing repertoire of big-budget films produced and released in Georgia, it’s a fantastic place to live and work if you have a “very particular set of skills.” After all, Georgia is the new Hollywood, and Newton County is the original Hollywood of the South™! If you haven’t seen it yet, rent Taken 3 today, and enjoy the concluding chapter of this thrilling series. The plot twist in this film may have you taken by surprise…