Nicolas Cage will play Benjamin Franklin Gates once again for National Treasure 3. Disney is also releasing a spin-off TV series on the Disney+ channel with younger casts.
We have two big news for the National Treasure fans!
Nicolas Cage is coming back as Benjamin Franklin Gates for a third National Treasure film, and a spin-off TV series featuring younger characters is also coming soon on Disney+.
The 56-year-old actor is expected to grace the big screens once again together with the original casts, says producer Jerry Bruckheimer via Collider.
“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.” Bruckheimer said in the interview.
The TV series is further along than the movie in terms of development.
Bruckheimer revealed that the film version is still in the writing stage, while the television series is already in the process.
"We have a pilot script done and an outline of the future episodes,” Bruckheimer added regarding the TV series.
The original National Treasure director Jon Turtletaub is coming back to direct National Treasure 3. Bad Boys for Life writer Chris Bremner will pen the script.
There is still no release date for the movie yet and it's still unclear when the team would start filming.
Nicolas Cage currently has a couple of projects on his plate. IMDB has listed four projects with Cage, including his Television debut where he plays Joe Exotic for his version of the Tiger King series.
The first National Treasure film came out in 2004. It tells the story of Benjamin Franklin Gates (Cage), a historian and amateur cryptologists on his quest to get the Declaration of Independence which contains a coded map pointing to the location of the "national treasure".
The sequel, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, released in 2007 and follows Gates' (Cage) journey in trying to prove his ancestors innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Starring alongside Cage in this franchise is Diane Kruger (as Abigail Chase) and Justin Bartha (as Riley Poole.)
The two films combined have gross revenue of $800 Million worldwide.
It is impossible to imagine the National Treasure franchise without Cage. This announcement is expected to make fans excited.
On the other hand, people are having doubts about the fate of the spin-off TV series. With younger casts and no Cage on the show, will it be able to create the same successful formula? We'll have to wait and see how Bruckheimer will put together an entirely different cast for the series.
Disney Plus is coming out with a National Treasure television series. If there is no Nicholas Cage then there is no series— Jeff Schwartz (@JiffSchwazz) May 7, 2020
There is still no release date for the forthcoming Disney + TV series yet, although we are expecting to know more soon considering its current progress.Disclosure: This post uses affiliate links from online retailers that allow readers to purchase merchandise, for which we may or may not receive a commission. Our content is not influenced by these partnerships.