Both National Treasure movies have been big successes for Disney, domestically grossing $173 million and $220 million respectively, and there has been many rumors of a third film over the years but nothing has stuck. Directed by Jon Turtteltaub and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the films star Nicholas Cage as Ben Gates, a history lover determined on discovering lost treasure.
It has been 9 years since we got National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and while Bruckheimer has spoken about a potential third film many times, it all comes down to whether or not Disney CEO Bob Iger wants it to happen. ComicBook is reporting that in Disney’s last shareholders meeting, Iger brought up the prospect of a National Treasure 3 and how it isn’t quite dead yet. Here is a direct quote from Iger:
“We have done two, and yes they were really fine movies. I know Jerry Bruckheimer who produced them has had conversations with our studio a number of times about it, and there have been some developments along the way, but as of right now we have not green-lit as we say, a National Treasure 3. But I do know there is time and some resources spent on development. That’s all I can tell ya.”
While Bruckheimer is busy with the new Pirates of the Caribbean and Bad Boys movies, director Jon Turtteltaub is also busy working on It’s a Small World and the shark movie Meg. But no matter what, you know that if Disney wants him, Nicholas Cage will return in a heartbeat.
Stay tuned for more National Treasure news as we have it.