Amazon Prime Video has closed a deal with NBCUniversal International Distribution to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Taken, NBC’s ten episode drama series which is a prequel to the Liam Neeson feature film franchise of the same name, TVWise has learned.
Taken is described as a modern-day edge-of-your-seat thriller that follows the origin story of younger, hungrier former Green Beret Bryan Mills as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the trauma of the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative.
From original film producer Luc Besson, the ten episode film-to-TV project is set up as a co-production between EuropaCorp and NBC’s sister studio Universal Television and stars Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Michael Irby, James Landry Hébert and Jose Pablo Cantillo. lexander Cary serves as writer and executive producer. Luc Besson, Matthew Gross, Edouard de Vésinne, Thomas Anargyros and director Alex Graves also executive produce.
This marks the latest exclusive U.S. acquisition for Amazon Prime Video UK, who have gradually been increasing their presence in this area for the past few years. The Taken deals follows in the footsteps of a similar SVOD deal, also with NBCUniversal International Distribution, for USA Network’s Falling Water. The streaming service also holds first window UK rights to Black Sails, Vikings, Mr. Robot, Outlander, The Girlfriend Experience, Life In Pieces, Lucifer and The Path.