Alex Graves has been tapped to direct and executive produce the pilot episode of Taken, NBC’s straight-to-series adaptation of the hit movie franchise from EuropaCorp TV USA and Universal Television.

Image (2) alex-graves-game-of-thrones-pic__140414010123.jpg for post 714198Written and executive produced by Alex Cary (Homeland), who serves as showrunner, the Taken TV series is a modern-day prequel to the film franchise that depicts how Bryan Mills — played in the movies by Liam Neeson — developed and sharpened his particular set of skills.

Graves, an Emmy-winning director-producer for his work on The West Wing, has directed multiple episodes of Homeland, on which Cary was an executive producer; Game Of Thrones; and Shameless. He has helmed the pilots for such series as Fringe, Proof and Terra Nova. 

Cary executive produces the series alongside Luc Besson (who co-wrote and produced the three-movie franchise), and EuropaCorp’s Matthew Gross, Edouard de Vesinne and Thomas Anargyros.

Graves is repped by WME and Craig Emanuel.