The production recently wrapped 17 days of filming in the Los Angeles area, capturing scenes at the Malibu Pier, the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona, downtown Los Angeles and the 710 Freeway, which was shut down to film a car chase, according to film permits.
Last week, however, the movie moved to Atlanta to begin three weeks of filming. Atlanta will stand in for Los Angeles, said a person involved in the project who was not authorized to comment.
French-based producers of the film, set to be released by
"Taken 3" is the latest in a flurry of high-profile projects that Georgia has landed since the state beefed up its transferable tax credit program in 2008.
The state had a record level of film investment in the fiscal year that ended June 30. There were 142 films and television projects spending $934 million there, up from $880 million the prior year, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Other movies currently filming in Georgia include Columbia Pictures' "Goosebumps" with Jack Black and
It's not the first time Georgia has played California. In last year's Fox comedy
After filming in Atlanta, "Taken 3" will move the production to Europe, filming most of the remaining 26 days on a sound stage in Paris. The producer is French film producer EuropaCorp.
"Taken 3" was highlighted in a recent report by FilmL.A. on the flight of movie production from Los Angeles. The report found that California's share of the top 25 live-action films dropped to 8% in 2013, down from 64% 15 years ago, as more work fled to Louisiana, Canada, Georgia and other locales. Georgia had 13 top-grossing films in 2012, up from three in 1997.
"Taken," about a retired