‘National Treasure’: What to Expect From the Highly Anticipated Disney+ Series

by Jeremy Spirogis
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and actors Nicolas Cage and Diane Kruger promoting

Disney+ simply introduced, to the delight of followers of the National Treasure movies starring Nicolas Cage, that the on-demand streaming service is growing a sequence based mostly on the massively widespread movies.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and actors Nicolas Cage and Diane Kruger promoting 'National Treasure', 2004
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and actors Nicolas Cage and Diane Kruger selling ‘National Treasure’, 2004 | Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

The announcement was made by the undertaking’s producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, who had additionally teased in Jan. 2020 a 3rd National Treasure film, which he confirmed this week remains to be within the works.

Nicolas Cage on the traditional movie

The 2004 film, now a traditional, has a fervent fan following, clearly seen within the box-office success of its sequel and the clamoring from followers for data on the third upcoming movie.

The National Treasure franchise introduces Nicolas Cage as cryptologist Benjamin Franklin Gates within the first movie, National Treasure, in addition to in its follow-up, National Treasure: Book of Secrets in 2007.

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Nicolas Cage selling ‘National Treasure’ 2004 | SAM YEH/AFP by way of Getty Images

The movies are beloved by households, as they immerse younger followers in historical past with the primary movie surrounding a treasure map on the again facet of the Declaration of Independence and the sequel centered on discovering pages lacking from the diary of Lincoln murderer John Wilkes Booth.

Actor Nicolas Cage, talking at a press convention in 2007 concerning the sequel, defined why he selected to return for one more go-round.

“You may be aware that I’ve not done a sequel before,” he mentioned, “and the reason being that, generally speaking, I never like to repeat myself. . . When they first presented the idea of Civil War, Confederate gold, John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln assassination, right off the bat, for me, personally, that was more interesting, historically.”

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Cage revealed what precisely obtained him to signal on to the second movie.

“Then, [the writers of the film] said, ‘We have to ratchet it up from stealing the Declaration of Independence,” he defined, “so we thought you should kidnap the President of the United States.’ And then, I said, ‘Woah, hold on, new rules. How is Ben Gates going to kidnap the President of the United States?’ And, I got nervous. Then, I started thinking about it, and I started laughing, and I realized that that was the joy of it — that it was funny and it was absurd.”

Nicolas Cage on a 3rd ‘National Treasure’

When requested, whereas selling the movie’s sequel, if he thought he would go for a 3rd National Treasure, Cage wasn’t in any respect cagey. He thought it might be a fantastic thought and envisioned how it might look.

“With National Treasure, I imagine that it ought to change into increasingly more International Treasure,” he continued within the movie press convention. “I was very happy to see that we went to London, England and Paris, France, but I’d like to see the movie go wider still. I’d like to go into Africa, Egypt, Asia, and keep going.”

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Cage went on to think about what his character, Ben may encounter in a 3rd movie.

“My hope is that Ben is recruited,” he concluded, “and he gets a dossier from these other countries about their history, and has to download it and learn it, and then try to go on these hunts on their behalf. That would be a lot of fun for me.”

Disney+ is rising the ‘National Treasure’ franchise

And now this week, Disney+ has introduced {that a} sequence, with a youthful forged, shall be remodeling the beloved movies on the streaming service.

In a dialog with Collider in May 2020, the sequence’ producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, revealed that each the sequence and the third movie are in progress.

“We’re actually engaged on one [National Treasure] for streaming and we’re engaged on one for the massive display,” he mentioned. “Hopefully, they’ll each come collectively and we’ll deliver you one other National Treasure, however they’re each very lively….The one for Disney+ is a a lot youthful forged. It’s the identical idea however a younger forged. The one for theatrical could be the identical forged.”

Bruckheimer offered particulars on the standing of every undertaking.

“The film version is being written right now,” he revealed. “The television version is in process. We have a pilot script done and an outline of the future episodes.”

National Treasure is a real nationwide treasure that’s giving its followers a trove to look ahead to.

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