Luc Besson Plans 'Taken 2' Without Liam Neeson?

[caption id="attachment_39808" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="20th Century Fox"]Liam Neeson in Taken[/caption]

How can there be a "Taken 2" without Liam Neeson?

You remember "Taken," right? That's the one where Liam Neeson's daughter gets kidnapped and sold into sex slavery within the first ten minutes of landing in Paris with her idiot friend, so Liam punches out everyone in France until he finds her.

Liam then blows up all of France and returns to the States with his little girl intact, somehow without having created an international incident.

It rocks. And Liam rocks in it. And if there's a sequel, Liam must be in it. Right?

Well... maybe not. Producer Luc Besson wants to shoot the sequel this year, and Liam wants the year off, so Luc might be recasting the role, according to Deadline.

We've rarely heard of something so ridiculous. Okay, yeah, we have, but still, can't Besson wait? Does he really have to be looking at the likes of Mickey Rourke, Ralph Fiennes, Ray Winstone, Sean Bean and Jason Isaacs as candidates to replace Neeson?

Apparently, Besson and Neeson have since had another meeting to try to work out a shooting schedule that will make everyone (including the fans) happy, so we'll have to wait and see.

Not that we would mind watching especially Ray Winstone punching out everyone in whatever European country the sequel takes place in, but our first choice is still Liam the Angry Irishman.