National Treasure 3 with Nicolas Cage, why it is taking so long and what is Disney’s strategy

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Jason Reed, executive producer of The Mystery of the Templars and The Mystery of the Lost Pages, perhaps one step away from the third chapter of National Treasure with Nicolas Cage, explains why the saga is struggling to continue.

Some time ago we learned that a National Treasure 3 with Nicolas cage, sequel to The mystery of the Templars e The mystery of the lost pages, had more chances to exist once again produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, written by Chris Bremner behind the script for the latest Bad Boys for Life. What doesn’t come back, however, is why there Disney it was decided only at the beginning of this year, assuming that the project is confirmed in the chaos of the pandemic, to continue the discussion of this saga, which also grossed in 2004 and 2007 respectively 347 and 459 million dollars worldwide. Disney is not the home of the franchise? Why brake? Series executive producer Jason Reed explained it quite clearly, chatting with Collider. To understand we need to think in a cross-media way, at 360 ° within the Disney empire. Here are his words:

They never found a way to integrate it into theme parks. He never got it right. Even though there was a lot of merchandising, it never really took off like independent franchise. This gives a different perspective to those takings. It makes it difficult for a company like Disney concentrate resources on something, when they can do another Toy Story or buy a cruise ship. And if the same company had been keen to move on, if they were sure to blow it up in some way, we would have found a deal.

Honestly, Reed’s attitude does not suggest a concrete project for the third chapter of National Treasure, at least with the canonical modalities, foreseeing a landing in the film market, suffering in this period and with a jam of releases for 2021 and 2022. Who knows why, we begin to sense that the spin-off announced with a younger cast for Disney+ will remain the only future exploit of this brand. Will we be wrong? In any case, starting a conversation with a producer and a screenwriter does not mean for a major to carry out the intentions to the end, as they will have well understood. Steven Spielberg and screenwriter David Koepp, after their confusing Disney experience of the eternally postponed Indiana Jones 5

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