It’s taking longer than fans have anticipated, but “National Treasure 3” will happen.
Though confident that the sequel to the popular film series will begin shooting within the next two years, director Jon Turteltaub explained to “Collider” that it’s more difficult to create it than one might think.
If you can write the script, we’ll take it! It’s so damn hard to write a great historical mystery based on fact. It’s not for lack of trying. We want to do the movie. Disney wants to do the movie. We’re just having the damnedest time, writing it.
To add to the reason for delaying filming, the sequel is expected to be as successful as the first two films. “National Treasure” earned $347 million while it played in theaters, and “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” made $457 million worldwide, according to The Inquisitr. The series, starring Nicolas Cage, will hopefully continue its popularity when the third movie begins filming.
“I’d say we’re about half-way there,” Turteltaub told Collider. “The goal is to always have an original sequel, as silly as that sounds. We really want to make sure that the third one doesn’t just feel like a repeat of the first one, or one too many.”
Cage, Long Beach native, is currently shooting “Outcast” in China, co-starring alongside Hayden Christensen. It is slated for release in theaters next year. Turteltaub’s film “Last Vegas,” starring Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, will hit big screens November 1.
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