National Treasure Returns Via Disney Plus Series
Reimagining the National Treasure franchise is on the docket for Disney+.
In truth, I can only speak to the first entry into the National Treasure “franchise.” At the time, 2004, I enjoyed — remembering I wanted to find something to fill my hankering for Indiana Jones sequels — it but was much more drawn to The DaVinci Code’s harder edge (2006).
But, as soon as I have a moment, I plan to watch the National Treasure duology (which includes the eponymous first film and National Treasure: Book of Secrets), all the while hoping that the rumored third entry in the series comes true soon.
We wrote about that possible movie in 2019:
However, no need to fret. National Treasure is coming back, one way or another.
And my hopes for a weekly history-hopping adventure with my three boys will soon be a reality.
National Treasure the series
In an exclusive, on March 25, Deadline reported that 10 episodes, greenlit by Disney, would come to streaming:
From the films’ producer Jerry Bruckheimer and original writers Marianne and Cormac Wibberley, the project is a reimagining of the National Treasure franchise. Written by the Wibberleys and to be directed by Mira Nair (Vanity Fair), the series explores the timely issues of identity, community, historical authorship, and patriotism told from the point of view of Jess Morales, 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.
More History for National Treasure
The National Treasure series was developed under Disney Branded Television, led by Gary Marsh. It has been on parallel tracks to the long-in-development third film expected to see the return of Nicolas Cage’s Benjamin Gates, which brought in Chris Bremner (Bad Boys For Life) as a writer in January 2020.
Released in 2004, National Treasure followed Ben Gates (Cage) and his team (Justin Bartha and Diane Krueger) as they race to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries. The film grossed $347 million at the worldwide box office. This led Disney to release a sequel in 2007 titled Book of Secrets, which grossed an astounding $447 million worldwide.
Meanwhile, Liberty Square in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom could use a new attraction. How about a “National Treasure museum”?
However, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s hope either the third movie or the series comes to fruition soon.