Collider is exclusively reporting that during an interview with mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, he revealed that a television series based on the National Treasure films is in development at Disney Plus.
The two films, released in 2004 and 2007, focused on historian and procurer of archaeological relics, Benjamin Franklin Gates, who scavenges hidden areas of the United States for priceless artifacts. The two films starred Nicolas Cage, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger, Jon Voight, Harvey Kietel and Armando Riesco.
Speaking with Collider’s Steve Weintraub, Jerry Bruckheimer gave details about the series, saying:
We’re certainly working on one [National Treasure] for streaming and we’re working on one for the big screen. Hopefully, they’ll both come together and we’ll bring you another National Treasure, but they’re both very active….The one for Disney+ is a much younger cast. It’s the same concept but a young cast. The one for theatrical would be the same cast.
Bruckheimer also stated that the series is actually further in development than Jon Turtletaub‘s National Treasure 3, which had screenwriter Chris Bremner brought onboard back in January to write the script. The actual quote from Bruckheimer:
The film version is being written right now. The television version is in process. We have a pilot script done and an outline of the future episodes.
On first reaction basis to the news of a television series with a younger cast in development…it’s not exactly intriguing my interest, though it of course will come down to actual casting and story.