The National Treasure franchise starring Nicolas Cage is one of Disney’s more popular adult offerings, and now Disney plans to turn the two movies into a trilogy with the original cast, and reimagine it as a TV show on their streaming service, Disney+, with a younger, more racially diverse cast.
The third National Treasure movie is in the works. It’s being written by Chris Bremner, who wrote Bad Boys for Life, and being produced by Jeremy Bruckheimer (the original National Treasure movie, Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Top Gun, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time).
For the Disney+ series, it will be a remake/reboot/reimagining of the original movie with “with a twenty-year-old Latina character named Jess Morales at the center of the story. Jess and her friends will set off on an adventure to uncover her mysterious family history and recover lost treasure, following in the footsteps of Nic Cage’s Benjamin Franklin Gates.”
The series will be directed by Indian actress/director Mira Nair (Queen of Katwe, Missippi Masala, and Salaam Bombay!) Jerry Bruckheimer, is allegedly teaming up with husband-and-wife scriptwriters Cormac and Marianne Wibberley (National Treasure (2004), The Shaggy Dog (2006), National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007), G-Force (2009)). No word yet on whom will be playing the intrepid young Jess Morales.
Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as short stories in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, “Supernatural Colorado”, “Barbarian Crowns”, “Cat Tails””Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions, Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.