I guess I was being a bit optimistic when I classified “National Treasures 3” as being a potential 2009 release. According to Jon Turtletaub, who directed the previous two entries in the franchise, and is expected to direct the third one as well, the film won’t be ready for at least another three years, which would mean “National Treasures 3” landing in a theater near you sometime 2011. Or maybe sooner, if everyone involved really needs the money.
“I’m guessing that we’re a few years away”, the filmmaker said of a third film. “By the time we come up with a decent idea and develop it into a complicated and intelligent puzzle it’s going to be at least 2009. Then to prep it and cast it… it should be three years away.”
And where might a third film be set?
“There are still plenty of landmarks left…. both in the US and around the world. The fun of National Treasure is in building on what’s real… bringing out the story in the places and things you see every day. From the Golden Gate Bridge to the Great Wall of China, from the Sphinx to the Taj Mahal… there’s a lot left.”
Translation: Keep an eye on Nicolas Cage’s box office receipts. If he continues to make hit movies not named “National Treasures”, the sequel will probably wait; if he needs a hit badly, you might see “National Treasures 3” sooner than 2011…