In a recent report about Sony developing a fourth Bad Boys film, another interesting detail was revealed – National Treasure 3 is in the works at the studio.
The article from The Hollywood Reporter, revealed that Bad Boys for Life co-writer Chris Bremner is also set to write the third film in Nicolas Cage’s action-adventure series, National Treasure, with Jerry Bruckheimer returning as a producer.
First gracing the big screen in 2004 and directed by Jon Turteltaub, National Treasure saw Cage play a historian who learns that there is a lead to a vast treasure hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence – the discovery of which would also prove that his ancestor didn’t conspire to murder President Lincoln.
It was a surprise hit that spawned a sequel, National Treasure: Book of Secrets in 2007 – which was arguably even better than the first one. Ever since the second film’s release, there have been murmurs of a third instalment, but they have mostly taken the form of the old Hollywood adage of “never say never.”
When Collider spoke to Turtletaub in 2018, he explained that the lack of movement on a third film was down to the fact that “Disney feels they have other films they want to make that they think will make them more money.”
He went on to reveal, “The script was close, but not so great that the studio couldn’t say yes. But it’s been good enough that the studio could have said, “Yes, keep going. Get closer.” [Producer] Jerry Bruckheimer is the master of taking something that’s good enough and turning it into something great in about an hour and a half. It’s a little nerve-wracking but it works.”
Rumours about the script have been going around for a while, but this is the first we’ve heard of Bremner being a writer on the project, so perhaps this means that Disney are finally moving forward with National Treasure 3 after more than a decade.
More when we have it.