'National Treasure' To Fulfill Its Trilogy Destiny

March 27, 2008

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Like cancer cells or the Osmond clan, National Treasure is one of those magical life-forms with the inherent ability for terribly unwanted yet inexorable reproduction. Or at least so says director Jon Turteltaub, who has laid out plans for a third chapter of the impossibly successful National Treasure franchise, claiming that the series "begets sequels because it's the kind of genre MEANT to beget sequels." I'm sure it has nothing to do with the last National Treasure begetting $442 million, or Cage's unsatiable hunger for newer, fuller, more expensive hair.

But at least we needn't worry that the next installment will be rushed out without consideration of the high National Treasure standard of quality. Turteltaub gives us a glimpse as to why we'll have to wait until 2011 for another sequel:

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.

By my calculations, that's about five months to finalize the "Nicolas Cage goes back in time to save Lincoln, collect treasure" storyline, and another four to sort it out with intelligent details like "he uses Ben Franklin's time machine he finds under a monument or something."

National Treasure 3 in 2011 [Cinema Blend]

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