Homeland executive producer Alexander Cary is set to write, executive produce and run TakenNBC’s straight-to-series drama from EuropaCorp TV USA and Universal Television.

Taken is a modern-day prequel to Luc Besson’s blockbuster feature franchise that starred Liam Neeson as retired CIA operative Bryan Mills on a one-man mission to save his kidnapped daughter. The series will depict how a young Bryan develops his particular set of skills.

nbclogo__130422182418-150x150Cary, who will pen the TV adaptation, and Besson, who co-wrote and produced the three-movie franchise, executive produce the series with EuropaCorp TV Studios USA president Matthew Gross (Body Of Proof) and France-based EuropaCorp Television co-chairs Edouard de Vesinne and Thomas Anargyros.

europacorplogoEuropaCorp, which also recently sold projects to Fox and ABC, and Universal TV are in a 50-50 partnership on Taken, with Universal TV handling international distribution except for France where the show will be sold by EuropaCorp.

For Cary, the Taken gig stems from his overall deal with Universal TV. He also is writing and executive producing thriller The Watcher for Uni TV and Kapital Entertainment, which is in development at NBC.

Cary has spent the past four years on the Emmy-winning Showtime drama Homeland, which he joined after the pilot, rising from co-executive producer to executive producer in Season 2 and continuing as EP in the current Season 5. He also ran Fox’s Lie To Me and worked on FX’s The Riches and is an executive producer on TNT’s Legends. Cary is repped by WME and attorney Adam Kaller.