Why didn’t “National Treasure 3” ever happen? We might have an idea now.
- The film spawned a sequel — titled “National Treasure: Book of Secrets”— that performed well at the box office with more than $450 million in revenue. The film hinted a third film.
- The third film never came.
Why didn’t ‘National Treasure 3’ happen?
What I felt happened is even though the movies were extremely successful and had a really strong fanbase, it’s a movie that gets brought up all the time, the company was never able to capitalize on it as a franchise. It was more of a movie with a sequel and ‘National Treasure 3’ would have been another sequel. They never figured out a way to intergrate it into the parks. It never caught on, even though there were a lot of consumer products, it never caught on as an independent franchise. That makes the numbers look different. It makes it harder to make a company like Disney focus resources on something when they can go make ‘Toy Story’ or buy a cruise ship. And if the company itself had been really excited about moving forward with it and thought they could blow it out, we would have found a way to make the deal.
- “When ‘National Treasure’ first got made, there was a lot more money to go around. Everybody got paid nicely. The problem with getting the third one made isn’t the people who are getting paid saying, ‘I’m not doing it unless you pay me a lot!’ It’s really that Disney feels they have other films they want to make that they think will make them more money. I think they’re wrong. I think they’re right about the movies they’re making; they’re obviously doing a really good job at making great films. I just think this would be one of them, and they don’t quite realize how much the internet is begging for a third ‘National Treasure.’”
Could ‘National Treasure 3’ actually happen?
There have also been rumblings that “National Treasure” will get a Disney Plus show, as I wrote for Deseret.com. In fact, Bruckheimer said the series is further along in development compared to the rumored “National Treasure 3.”