From the "Coming Soon" site:
Homeland‘s Alexander Carry is set to write the script for the pilot episode and will executive produce alongside filmmaker Luc Besson, who wrote and produced the three films and directed the first. Matthew Gross, Edouard de Vesinne and Thomas Anargyros will also executive produce. Alex Graves (Game of Thrones, Homeland) will direct the pilot.
The 'Taken' TV series will offer a prequel of sorts to the films, exploring the early life of the Liam Neeson character. Despite the 'Taken' TV series following a younger Mills, though, it will be set in present day, serving as a prequel to the film franchise in the same way that 'Bates Motel' serves as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s "Psycho".
I couldn't use 'Bates Motel' in Earth Prime-Time because the films were pulled into the TV Universe by a TV movie starring Anthony Perkins himself as Norman Bates. So this got me thinking - why not put 'Taken' into the same dimension as 'Bates Motel' since they're similar in nature - TV shows based on movies that serve as prequels but set in the modern day?
Let me know if this arrangement makes sense to you.....