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NATIONAL TREASURE 3 Confirmed for Disney

Nicolas Cage and Jerry Bruckheimer developing third film.

By Jarrod Sarafin     September 25, 2008
Source: Walt Disney Pictures, Variety


Nicolas Cage as Ben Gates in NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS (2007).
© Walt Disney Pictures
One last piece of information to spread out of Walt Disney's exhibitor convention from the Kodak theater yesterday. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and star Nicolas Cage officially confirmed that they're developing the third installment of their National Treasure franchise. Again, we've known from previous reports that a third film is pretty much a "go" from all parties involved but it was one of the announcements at the conference so I'm passing it along here.

No story details were revealed but Nic Cage has hinted in previous interviews that he would like to see the players involved leading a more "Global" adventure in the third installment. If you have seen the sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets, you know that the screenwriters Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley, Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio left a hint as to which direction they could go for a new storyline. The president asked Ben Gates to check out a certain page in the book, a possible set up for the next installment.

The first installment grossed $347.5 million worldwide in 2004 and the second grabbed another $457.3 million worldwide from a December 2007 launch. Combined, Disney has accumulated $804.8 million from their first two films.

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THEPIB 9/25/2008 2:11:02 AM
Cage will play anything these days, especially sequels. Maybe the third one should take place in Iraq...
Miner49er 9/25/2008 2:15:56 AM
I wanna know what the hell is on page 47!
ponyboy76 9/25/2008 2:34:08 AM
You and me both! I don`t blame Nic Cage for wanting to do another NT. I mean , you can`t really go wrong with these as far as mass appeal. His other flicks haven`t done too well, like Bangkok Dangerous. I think the dude needs to do more serious flicks, like Adaptation. He was great in that and Matchstick Men, Weather Man. He is no longer the long haired badass he was in Con Air or Face Off. Didn`t they say that this last National Treasure had a more "global feel" to it already? They also can`t keep calling it "National" Treasure if they go traipsing around the world. Just call it "International Treasure".
Dazzler 9/25/2008 4:46:06 AM
I am looking at the banner poster I got for NT2 right now. Of course I want another! It's better than Indy movie.
Predator29_home 9/25/2008 6:41:40 AM
I COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THIS FILM, TO BE HONEST I DIDN'T REALLY ENJOY THE 2ND FIRST WAS COOL AS HELL BUT THE SECOND WAS JUST A SO SO FILM FOR ME
ponyboy76 9/25/2008 6:44:20 AM
Yeah, I actually liked the first one better too. And page 47 contained the secret recipe for Colonel Sanders`s chicken. Spoiler ------------------------------- Cat
hanso 9/25/2008 6:58:37 AM
Niceness. 1st was better than the 2nd but I enjoyed them both, although I got bored rewatching part 2 on DVD. I'll take another sequel thank u. If they go out to other parts of the world but the main goal is still to find an american treasure then they can keep the title no prob :)
Wiseguy 9/25/2008 8:18:40 AM
I'm sure they'll be searching for clues overseas or what hanso said. These films have done nothing for me, well part 1 anyway, I haven't watched part 2 based on how bad part 1 was. And hanso saying that 1 was better than 2 isn't a big endorsement in my book. Maybe once football season is over and the networks start airing reruns I'll sacrifice 2 hrs. and watch it to see what all the fuzz is about.<BR itxtvisited="</div" />
almostunbiased 9/25/2008 7:47:18 PM
First was frickin awesome, second was just good. I'd love another and I'm hoping it will be International Treasure. Oh and please bring back Kruger. Maybe this time get the side kick a love interest.
fft5305 9/25/2008 7:47:48 PM
Well, if you didn't like the 1st, I wouldn't bother with 2. I pretty thoroughly enjoyed both. They're not perfect, but they were fun and entertaining.
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