National Treasure 3 Confirmed; Writers Hired

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 6th, 2012 at 5:29 pm,

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I like Nicolas Cage. Not in a “man-crush” type way, but whenever one of his movies comes on I can’t keep myself from watching it. Even the really bad ones like Bangkok Dangerous and Wicker Man. It’s true that Cage has made some questionable, if not bad, role choices in the past two decades *cough Next, Amos and Andrew cough*.

His one truly great decision was to star in director Jon Turteltaub’s (Disney’s The Kid) American history family film, National Treasure.  The first film surprised a lot of critics when it took in over $300 million worldwide and the sequel, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, had an even better haul with over $450 million worldwide. With family audiences giving their seal of approval via ticket sales, it really wasn’t a question of “If” but rather “When” National Treasure 3 would be released.

At a recent sneak preview of Cage’s next family-oriented action film The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, producer Jerry Bruckheimer confirmed what most of us thought would eventually happen:

“We are developing a script [for National Treasure 3] now.”

That statement was verified just a couple of days later at Wonder Con when it was announced the Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, who co-wrote both upcoming films Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, would be handling the script writing duties on National Treasure 3.

There has been no confirmation on any of the cast yet, but unless something really wonky happens, I see no reason why all of the main people (Nicolas Cage, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger, Jon Voight) wouldn’t return to reprise their roles. Bruckheimer, Turtelaub and Disney are, after all, a sure fire recipe for summer action fun.

What hasn’t been discussed publicly is where the story will go. Turteltaub did say what it wouldn’t be, by denying that our intrepid historians would see out the mythical city of Atlantis:

“I should go on the internet and find the script and you get those uncsolicited emails from the 9-year-old from Kansas with Atlantis every time.”

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While the National Treasure franchise has been fun and action-packed, it’s not really known for its historical accuracy. But does it really have to be? I’m pretty sure people can watch the History channel if they want a more accurate description of the founding fathers of the United States of America. I’ll watch movies if I want to see lemon juice rubbed on the back of the US Constitution.

There aren’t really that many remaining options available to the writers involving treasures of a national significance. I suppose they could hunt for the lost colony of Roanoke or perhaps they can focus on “Page 47” of the President’s Book of Secrets from film number 2? Either way I’m game for a 3rd film.

What do you think about National Treasure 3 and what do you think the story should be about?

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  1. I’ve always thought ” page 47 ” …afterall the president did ask him to look at it and Bens response was ” Life altering ” so possibly the future of the United States could be the story line for NT3.

    • I really like that angle of thinking…with the future…also with Americas secrets…founding father’s knowing something about aliens??? maybe?
      nice work.

    • Hi. I am a national treasure fan. I had always hoped after seeing the second one, that there would be a third movie that would have “Page 47″ in it, because that always left me wondering after the credits. I do have to compliment the director for making such thrilling movies, and I am looking forward to another one, especially with the same actors. Great work! Hope the next one succedes! If I have any ideas for topics, I’ll send them!!!

    • Sounds like a winner to me! “Life-altering” could mean many things. Maybe “page 47″ contains the secret of who God is or maybe it reveals the fact that this planet was colonized by a superior race and we all descend from there or maybe even it exposes a secret even more intimidating! I look forward to see what they do with it. I am sure it’ll be good!

  2. So thrilled National Treasure 3 is coming out, all the actors are so great looking forward to 4,5,6,7,8,ect Nicola, Justin, Jon , Diane, Helen the detictive was really awesome to. Loved them both.

  3. Big fan of Disney’s National Treasure movies. I think the movies are interesting and the plots are well thought out. I hope that #3 will be as entertaining as the first 2. Thank you Jon and Jerry for not rushing a script just because the pictures are making money. The cast works well and the scripts have been good keep this winning formula and I see number 4 in your future.

  4. I am excited to read that a third film is in the making! My son and I just finished watching our DVD’s of both the first two. It is so good to be able to watch a descent action film WITHOUT all the profanity and nudity that is placed into all the other action films. I wish Disney had handled some of the other films that were derived from CHILDRENS shows and turned into vulgar “adult” movies. Keep up the great work, I am so looming forward to the release!!

  5. Disney, listen to the people. Keep the decent movies flowing. Recent box office bombs should tell you. the public is sick of the fantastic over the top. crap and nasty filth.

  6. I don’t care what the third movie is about long as they make a national treasure 3 I hope that it will be coming out within an year I also hope the main cast is still in it. Thanks

  7. I’m ready for this movie!

  8. I thought it was a given that #3 would be page 47 that’s what I’m waiting for

  9. I am hoping you explain page 47. I have been waiting for the 3rd movie since the last one ended. I love that they are a family made movie and educational. I even learn new things, so thank you.

  10. I am so obsessed with these movies, so well written and fun. number 3 better come out soon! crossing my fingers they dont pull an indiana and bring in aliens though.

  11. I am eagerly waiting ………… for the movie to come

  12. Hi this is from Australia. Cannot wait for National Treasure 3. and for more sequels. Please do not change any of the original actors. They have such good chemistry bonding in the movie.

  13. I will watch the 3rd movie regardless of what it will be about, bc I know it will be great! I love the cast and the previous two movies! :) It is funny full of action and very interesting! Can’t wait for it to be out!!!

  14. They have to base it off of whatever’s on page 47 of the presidents book. That’s how it ended so why wreck the storyline by choosing a different treasure hunt?! It’ll be a bad choice if that’s what the writers actually do.

  15. Premise of the first two movies was secrets and revelations of the past. Similar to Indiana Jones. But, Indiana diverted to aliens and the future. It bombed – at least I think it did.
    There’s a million movies about aliens, future etc. but the charm of National Treasure and Indiana (1,2,3) was that it brought the past out of the grainy, black-and-white of yesteryear and into the present.
    Both National Treasure one and two, and the early Indiana movies were clever, adventurous with a good dash of comedy. There didn’t need to be a lot of gratuitous violence and weird plot twists.
    I don’t want another movie with a fabulous trailer and then dies the first weekend it’s out because the writers couldn’t come up with a plot.
    So, please – no aliens, spaceships. Save that for Star Wars, STar Trek, Star…whatever. Come up with a storyline that’s not the same but not so much of a departure that it leaves audiences wondering, ‘Whaaaaat???’

  16. when the film “National Treasure 3″ running?