With the huge box office success of the first two Night at the Museum movies (they've brought in almost $1 billion!) it's absolutely no surprise that the studio would bring us a third installment. And I'd be surprised if we didn't see Night at the Museum 3 sooner rather than later.
Access Hollywood recently caught up with Thomas Lennon, who was the co-writer of the first two films alongside his former The State co-star, Ben Garant, and Lennon talked about a third installment. Lennon didn't say outright that a third Night at the Museum was on the way, but he strongly hinted at it:
"How could you not? I think it’s a really outstanding idea to do ‘Night at the Museum 3,’ in fact... I wonder if someone’s not even already working on a script for that... I cannot confirm that for a fact, but I cannot deny it for a fact either… It might be in the works.”
Hinting even further at a third film, Lennon revealed "a real quick spoiler" by saying that the movie is (not MIGHT be, but IS) set in the Liberace Museum, accompanied by a smile. Was he joking?... I'm assuming things are currently in the idea stages, but also that the studio is interested in getting the ball rolling on this as soon as possible - no matter WHAT the story is (read: they're confident it'll bank serious money no matter what it's about).
So what could Night at the Museum 3 entail as far as historical figures coming to life? Well, they'll certainly have to think hard as a lot of figures have already made appearances, ranging from Abraham Lincoln (at least in statue form), Amelia Earhart and Teddy Roosevelt to Attila the Hun, Napoleon and General Custer. Perhaps we might see Sigmund Freud get some jokes in there that adults could enjoy while the kids are laughing at the slapstick. Or what about bringing Genghis Khan to life? A savage figure but I'm sure they would figure out a way to make him part of the slapstick that the franchise is known for.
Whatever the story, location or new characters that we get in Night at the Museum 3, I suspect we'll definitely see Ben Stiller return. I also hope we see Amy Adams return as Amelia Earhart (easily one of the best parts of the franchise so far) and Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt. I enjoyed the first film but the second was very "meh" for me (it proved bigger isn't necessarily better). I can't say I'm really excited for another installment but then, there are worse films on the way.
Are you excited about the idea of another Night at the Museum? Which famous historical figures would you like to see brought to life this time around?
Source: Access Hollywood