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Jerry Bruckheimer Is Making New "National Treasure" Titles for Disney+ and the Silver Screen

By Anders Bylund - May 7, 2020 at 7:03PM

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The hit franchise will probably pass the billion-dollar box office mark, cashing in 13 years of unmet demand for a third title starring Nicolas Cage.

If you've been looking for another title in Jerry Bruckheimer's National Treasure franchise, the legendary action-movie producer has some good news for you. He's working on two new projects related to that series, including a feature film and a TV series.

The film

In an interview with the movie news site Collider, Bruckheimer said that both the movie and series are on their way. "We're certainly working on one [National Treasure title] for streaming and we're working on one for the big screen," he said. "Hopefully, they'll both come together and we'll bring you another National Treasure, but they're both very active."

The film crew is preparing a script, and Bruckheimer hopes to bring back the original cast again. As a reminder, that would include Nicolas Cage as treasure-seeking protagonist Ben Gates and his love interest Abigail, played by Diane Kruger. Original director Jon Turteltaub is also attached to this project, all under the aegis of the franchise's home studio, Walt Disney (DIS 1.08%) Pictures.

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The TV series

Bruckheimer has already secured a TV pilot script and outlines for the later episodes, positioning the series to start filming soon after the coronavirus lockdown of movie productions comes to an end. It's unclear whether Turteltaub would be involved in this take on the National Treasure saga, but the entire cast for this Disney+ title would be brand new and much younger.

The first two movies in the National Treasure series premiered in 2004 and 2007, collecting a grand total of $807 million at the global box office. The sequel outperformed the original title, and fans have been asking for a trilogy-capper for more than a decade.

The new movie should tip the franchise over the billion-dollar mark in ticket sales, while Disney+ adds another potential eyeball magnet to its growing list of original content.

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