Disney’s National Treasure: Book of Secrets debuted returned in 2007. The sequel to 2004’s National Treasure, it reunited director Jon Turtletaub with stars Nicolas Cage, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger and Harvey Keitel. And extra importantly, it changed into a hit, making extra than $450 million worldwide (and with the aid of using August 2009 had made as a minimum any other $one hundred million on domestic video). And whilst Turtletaub and manufacturer Jerry Bruckheimer could periodically tease any other installment, starting as early as 2008, one by no means materialized. And now we’d realize why we by no means were given a 3rd National Treasure adventure.
Collider’s personal editor-in-leader Steve Weintraub were given to speak with Mulan manufacturer Jason Reed, who changed into the Production Executive at Disney for the National Treasure movies. And he were given Reed to open up approximately what passed off to the 1/3 film in a manner that no person has before.
“I attempted my damnedest to get National Treasure three up. I love the ones movies. I labored on the ones from inception,” Reed said. At the time he labored intently with Bruckheimer on initiatives like Pearl Harbor, King Arthur, Déjà vu, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and, of course, the National Treasure films. (This changed into returned whilst Bruckheimer had a beneficial address Disney following the discharge of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The dating soured after a string of massive budgeted underperformers and changed into absolutely killed with the aid of using the highly-priced bomb The Lone Ranger.)
Reed then supplied his evaluation of why a next movie by no means went ahead: “What I felt passed off is despite the fact that the movies have been extraordinarily a hit and had a genuinely robust fanbase, it’s a film that receives introduced up all of the time, the business enterprise changed into by no means capable of capitalize on it as a franchise. It changed into extra of a film with a sequel and National Treasure three could had been any other sequel.” So, unlike, say, the Pirates of the Caribbean, which may be very definitely a capital-F franchise or some thing just like the Marvel Cinematic Universe or Star Wars, National Treasure changed into a run-of-the-mill, humdrum film with its personal run-of-the-mill, humdrum sequel. The type of film Disney used to make quite regularly (hello, Another Stakeout and Three Men and a Little Lady!) however now no longer a lot anymore.
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“They by no means found out a manner to intergrade it into the parks,” Reed continued. (This is specially baffling given the emphasis on American records withinside the Liberty Square place of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom or withinside the American pavilion at EPCOT’s World Showcase.) “It by no means stuck on, despite the fact that there have been a variety of client products, it by no means stuck on as an unbiased franchise. That makes the numbers appearance different. It makes it tougher to make a business enterprise like Disney consciousness sources on some thing whilst they could move make Toy Story or purchase a cruise ship. And if the business enterprise itself have been genuinely enthusiastic about shifting ahead with it and concept they may blow it out, we’d have determined a manner to make the deal.” Clearly no person on the business enterprise changed into excited with the aid of using the opportunity of Nicolas Cage stealing any other countrywide monument, that’s inexcusable and well-knownshows a clean loss of vision.
Still, Reed says that the time is now for a sequel (supposedly withinside the works with Bad Boys for Life screenwriter Chris Bremner) or spin-off (with a sequence for Disney+) or both. “I suppose that these days with the technology, there’s a manner to take that amusing and flow it into the virtual space, whether or not it’s location-primarily based totally recreation play or such things as Pokemon Go or whatever, that you may have accomplished to make it have a larger cultural impact,” Reed said. “But I realize Jerry maintains running on stuff and I realize there’s a variety of hobby in a sequence and any other characteristic and I suppose it’s ripe to reinvent.” Please. Nothing will heal this divided united states of america like a brand new National Treasure opus.
You can watch what Reed had to mention approximately National Treasure three below.