This is a live article and we will update this space as new details about National Treasure 3 come our way. This is what we know so far.
The wait has been the longest and fans now really want to know whether waiting for 'National Treasure' to make a comeback is worthwhile or not. The famous movie franchise's production has been stalled after its first sequel. This Disney adventure film was a huge commercial success at the box office. However, the movie did receive criticism from the critics leading to mixed reviews from fans as well. But, admit it or not, this movie became the best guilty pleasure of the 2000s.
Let's refreshen the storyline a bit— 'National Treasure' is a story about a historian and amateur cryptologist, Benjamin Franklin Gates, played by Nicolas Cage. He is looking for a lost treasure, and while his search was on, he got to know about a secret code written behind the Declaration Of Independence of America. Those codes consisted of hints and clues that led them towards the national treasure.
The movie was released in 2004 and garnered a massive amount of $347.5 million against a budget of $100 million. The second movie, 'National Treasure: Book Of Secrets' grossed even more than the first one in 2007, collecting approximately $457.4 million worldwide. However, even after having two successful movies back to back, the third one didn't make it to the theaters. The question is, will it ever get a renewal? Let's find out.
On paper, a third 'National Treasure' film is officially in the works! We have been waiting for more than a decade ever since the release of 'National Treasure: The Book of Secrets' in 2007. In May 2020, Jerry Bruckheimer revealed to Collider that not only a third 'National Treasure' film is coming, but a Disney+ TV series titled National Treasure: Edge of History (already released) is also in development.
"We’re certainly working on one [National Treasure] for streaming, and we’re working on one for the big screen. Hopefully, they’ll both come together, and we’ll bring you another National Treasure, but they’re both very active....The one for Disney+ is a much younger cast. It’s the same concept but a young cast. The one for theatrical would be the same cast."
The TV show spin-off premiered in December 2022 and during the promotion of the show on E! News, Jerry Bruckheimer announced that the third film is in the works. "At the same time [we were casting 'Edge of History'], we were developing 'National Treasure' for the theaters with Nicolas Cage — which we still are. So that's ongoing."
If Bruckheimer said that it's happening, then it's probably happening and we will hold on to this for now. We will update this space if any new information comes our way,
It is even harder for actors not to talk about the movie they have been a part of for so long, and therefore, Nicolas Cage did address the questions and justifies the delay in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. He said that it is difficult to find scripts for a movie like National Treasure. He also said that since the movie concerns historical events, the team has to be very accurate with the facts, as facts cannot be altered. Having said that, Nicolas also mentioned that there is a lot of pressure for the story to be entertaining, which is obvious to expect from a movie that has performed well in the past.
Therefore, the biggest challenge is to find the correct script to produce that will match the current scenario of the world.
In August 2022, Jerry Bruckheimer confirmed that a script for National Treasure 3 had been written and sent to Nicholas Cage for approval. He mentions that it's good, but they will wait for Cage to share his opinion. While talking to ComicBook.com, Bruckheimer said: "[l]et's hope we're working on the script right now. Hopefully [Cage] likes it, but it's really good. So I think we'll get it to him shortly."
There is still no release date yet as of this update. But at least we know that the third film is being worked on.
This article was reviewed and is up to date as of November 18, 2023.