Gloomy, dark, gritty, morose, somber, this is the majority of what’s become of the action adventure movie genre today. Recently, AV Club posted a feature where writer Ryan Vlastelica argues for why we need the National Treasure threequel more than ever, its light-hearted irreverence and large action set pieces being main reasons.
Just as recently as last week, Nicolas Cage himself told Entertainment Weekly, that he does know the film is in the writing stages. ““I do know that those scripts are very difficult to write, because there has to be some credibility in terms of the facts and fact-checking, because it was relying on historical events,” said Cage. “I know that it’s been a challenge to get the script where it needs to be.”
Back in March, at Disney’s shareholder meeting, Bob Iger himself responded to a question over the production of National Treasure 3.
“I know Jerry Bruckheimer who produced them has had conversations with our studio a number of times about it, and there have been some developments along the way, but as of right now we have not green-lit as we say, a National Treasure 3,” said Iger. “But I do know there is time and some resources spent on development. That’s all I can tell ya.”
Each of the previous National Treasure movies have done respectably well enough financially despite receiving 44 and 35 percent ratings on Rotten Tomatoes respectively. With each released near the holiday season, they have pulled their weight with a cult following, not unlike the secret societies in the movies.
It is worth noting though, that the last collaboration between Cage and director Jon Turtletaub, 2010’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, resulted in big losses for Disney. Turtletaub’s last feature film was the also poorly received Last Vegas, starring Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline.