It’s been over two years since Disney announced that a third National Treasure movie had been greenlit for production. At that time, it was reported that Chris Bremner, who worked on Bad Boys for Life, had been tapped to pen the script and Jerry Bruckheimer was set to produce the third installment once again however there was no word on whether Nicolas Cage and Diane Kruger would be back as Benjamin Franklin Gates and Dr. Abigail Chase.
Since then, no details have been revealed about the project which left fans wondering if the film was still in development.
Last August, franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer offered an update on the project saying a Nicolas Cage-led National Treasure 3 is still in development. In an interview with ComicBook.com, the producer confirmed that a script for National Treasure 3 has been written and they’re just waiting on Cage to approve it. You can see what he said below:
“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”
Recently, there have been two more promising updates for the third film’s future. While recently promoting Disney+’s new spinoff series National Treasure: Edge of History, Bruckheimer spoke with E! News and said the following:
“We said we’d like to make another National Treasure and they said, ‘Sure, let’s come up with a new cast,’” Bruckheimer said. “At the same time, we were developing National Treasure for the theaters with Nicolas Cage—which we still are. So, that’s ongoing.”
Justin Bartha, who plays Riley Poole in the franchise, also offered a recent update on the script to Variety. You can see what Bartha said below:
“But listen, there is still hope for another movie. Nic is obviously doing great, one of the greatest ever. Jerry [Bruckheimer] just had a big hit with Top Gun: Maverick, and he is doing great. And the constant drum beat from the fans for a third movie just makes it a no-brainer for me.
There is a script. That’s all I’ll say. There have been a few different scripts, actually, but the one thing that has to happen is for all the stars to align. I had seen something awhile ago, and it was solid, but the unsung hero of these movies that doesn’t get mentioned as much is Jon Turtletaub. Those movies really are an extension of his being. He is very smart and funny, and has a buoyancy to him that mirrors the tone of the movies. I think he has to feel really comfortable and feel like he can see the movie before it happens — and it is getting closer to that.”
Last month, Disney+ launched National Treasure: Edge of History on the streaming service. The show follows a character named Jess Morales (Alexis), a twenty-year-old dreamer who, with her diverse group of friends, sets off on the adventure of a lifetime to uncover her mysterious family history and recover lost treasure.
The first two National Treasure films are also available to stream on Disney+.