The two National Treasure movies were tremendously silly fun. Starring Nicolas Cage at the height of his powers, his character Benjamin Gates was a modern Indiana Jones, mixed with a dash of American James Bond with a drop of Robert Langdon for kids thrown in.
The movies followed his adventures decoding clues from American history to uncover things vitally important to the survival of the USA today.
Jon Voight, Diane Kruger, and Justin Bartha co-starred in both, with Helen Mirren joining as Gates’ mother in the sequel. The two previous films were made on a combined budget of $230 million and pulled in $804.9 million at the box-office.
So what does Disney, in their infinite wisdom, decide to do? Did anyone say:
“Create a TV show with absolutely no discernable relation to the movies, but a pitch full of just the right sounding buzzwords, and ram it through hoping to harvest some tiny sliver of brand recognition while they still have the chance!”
If you did, well done, you win bragging rights.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and original writers Marianne and Cormac Wibberley are behind this ten-episode “reimagining” (uh-oh!) of the franchise. It will be created for Disney+. It will be aimed at a younger audience and will be based around:
“Jess Morales, a twenty-year-old dreamer who, with her diverse group of friends, sets off on the adventure of a lifetime to uncover her mysterious family history and recover lost treasure.”
Check, check and check! This National Treasure project is said to be in addition to the long-gestating third movie entry that will reunite the original cast.