Disney and Producer Jerry Bruckheimer are moving forward with a third film in the popular National Treasure series, according to Variety.

  • Chris Bremner, writer of the new film Bad Boys for Life, has been tapped to pen the script for the third National Treasure movie.
  • Bruckheimer, who produced the first two National Treasure films, also produced the Bad Boys film series and worked with Bremner on the latest addition.
  • The National Treasure franchise stars Nicolas Cage as amateur cryptologist Benjamin Franklin Gates.
  • It also starred:
    • Justin Bartha
    • Diane Kruger
    • Harvey Keitel
    • Armando Riesco
    • Jon Voight
  • Jon Turtletaub directed both of the first two films but there is no word yet on whether or not he will be on for the third.
  • The first two films were very strong performers a t the box office for Disney, with the first earning $347 million worldwide and the sequel bringing in $457 million worldwide.
  • The first film focused on a treasure map on the back of the Declaration of Independence while the second centered on missing pages in John Wilkes Booth’s diary.

What they’re saying:

  • Disney CEO Bob Iger, last year: “I know that Jerry Bruckheimer who produced National Treasure one and two would like to make a third movie and I know that discussions about that film have gone on, probably since 2016, with our studio, but I know that they have not greenlit such a film. They have talked about a number of different possibilities both on the creative side and from a timing perspective and I just don’t have anything to announce, though I did speak with Mr. Bruckheimer not long ago about it and I know his passion for that franchise remains pretty strong. We love those first two films too, but we’re not quite there yet.”