The two National Treasure movies are quite a treat, and a third installment in the series definitely wouldn’t hurt. Nicolas Cage is the main star of these movies in which he assumes the role of Benjamin Franklin Gates, an American treasure hunter and cryptographer, and who won’t be dying to watch an adventure movie with Nic Cage in it?
It’s been about twelve long years since we last saw a movie from the franchise, considering the fact that the third installment has been stuck in development hell. But after all these years, and even after Cage himself said that a third movie would probably not happen last year, there’s one shining beacon of hope we can hold on to.
The Script For The Third Movie In The Franchise Is Basically Done
Around April last year, Nicolas Cage hosted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) thread on Reddit, where a question popped up asking him if there’s a possibility of a new National Treasure movie, he replied-
“No, the priority was to turn it into a TV show so I would say probably not.”
Well that’s it boys, wrap up your bags and go home…just kidding, there’s hope!
American film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer recently confirmed that the script for the third National Treasure movie is done. The producer revealed the information to ComicBook.com in a recent exclusive interview-
“Let’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.”
Seems like the wheels of motion require some grease, and only Cage can provide that with his stamp of approval for the script.
That’s One Thing, But Will He Appear In The TV Series?
Despite the franchise not getting a third movie, it somehow still got a proper TV series called National Treasure: Edge of History, which is currently in development. However, the looming question here is, will Nicolas Cage be a part of it?
During an interview with Deadline, Marianne Wibberley spoke about Cage’s cameo in the TV series, and while it isn’t confirmed, the screenwriter said that she will do her best to have him in the show-
“We’re going to beg and plead and whatever. We’ll have him in two seconds. He’s our favorite actor out of everyone. We pitched him as Ben Gates before he was Ben Gates. He was our first choice.”
We hope the effort pays off because it’s been years since we saw Benjamin Franklin Gates too, and wondering what he’s up to nowadays.
Both National Treasure movies are currently available for streaming on Disney+.