At the beginning of this year, it was reported Disney has recruited Chris Bremner to write a fresh screenplay for National Treasure 3.
The writer’s coming off his success crafting another belated third installment in a popular franchise, Bad Boys for Life, but there’s no word yet on when that film will be ready to take the next step forward. In the meantime, it appears Disney is working on bringing the National Treasure brand to the small screen.
National Treasure 3 Will Also Still Happening
Speaking to Collider to promote his new Starz series Hightown, Bruckheimer confirmed National Treasure 3 is still moving forward.
He also revealed plans for a National Trasure TV show on Disney+, albeit one which will feature “a much younger cast” than the films. It sounds like the TV series is further along right now, as Bruckheimer mentioned “We have a pilot script done and an outline of the future episodes.”
Will Nicolas Cage Make An Appearance?
So based on that Bruckheimer’s statement, will the main star of the franchise, the one & only, Nicolas Cage, who portrays Benjamin Franklin Gates, make an appearance on one of the episode later?
Hmm, again based on that statement, unfortunately, it is quite impossible. And yeah man, a National Treasure TV show without Cage doesn’t sound all that great. The eccentric actor was a big part of what made the first two movies fun and more than just a Disney-fied cross between Indiana Jones and The Da Vinci Code.
Then again, it’s possible the plan is for Cage as Gates to mentor the younger heroes of the National Treasure TV show. The Disney+ Mighty Ducks series is doing something similar by having Emilio Estevez reprise his role as Coach Bombay from the movies, yet focusing on a new generation of characters.
A TV show where Cage plays the crusty teacher guiding a bunch of wannabe treasure-hunters not only sounds like a hoot, it would also have something to offer viewers of different ages and not just kids.
So in other words here, let’s just wait & see shall we?