Finally, we get to learn how Liam Neeson got his "very particular set of skills"!

NBC has ordered a television series that will serve as a prequel to the Taken film franchise, Deadline reported Thursday.

Sadly, Liam Neeson will not be starring as a younger version of himself. The series will take place long before badass Bryan Mills has a wife or daughter to be kidnapper bait. Luc Besson, who wrote and produced all three Taken movies, will serve as executive producer.

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The series will be set in modern day and aims to explain how the character acquired the skills he later uses to threaten his daughter's kidnappers in Taken:

"I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom I can tell you I don't have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you, but if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you."

Taken was a surprise hit when it came out in 2008, spawning two sequels and unexpectedly vaunting Neeson to the pantheon of beloved action stars.

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