National Treasure Showrunner Teases Nicolas Cage Return Plans


After years of waiting for a new film in the franchise, National Treasure: Edge of History showrunner Cormac Wibberley teases plans for a Nicolas Cage return. Wibberley, who co-wrote Cage’s original National Treasure movies, acts as both showrunner and a writer for the Disney+ series. National Treasure: Edge of History replaces Cage’s role with lead actor Lisette Olivera, who plays Jess Valenzuela, a 20-year-old dreamer who seeks to recover a lost treasure while also exploring the mystery of her family history.

SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY

Though not a critical success, 2004’s National Treasure became a fan-favorite action film of the 2000s. In it, Cage debuted the character of Ben Gates, a historian who works to find the famed Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries gets to it first. National Treasure was popular enough when it first came out that it led to the 2007 sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets, with plans for a National Treasure 3 having languished in development hell for years. While audiences await new details on a potential threequel, the National Treasure: Edge of History premiere is nearing closer and fans of the franchise are getting exciting teases about what the future may hold.

In the absence of another Nicolas Cage National Treasure film, Wibberley teases what National Treasure: Edge of History would look like should Cage’s Ben Gates make an appearance in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. According to Wibberley, a meeting between Ben and Jess could be described as a “Tony Stark gets to visit Peter Parker” moment. He continued to describe how Olivera’s Jess would be star struck to see the real Ben Gates. Wibberley also said that he would love to bring “any of the other veterans” back into the universe should National Treasure: Edge of History be granted a second season. Check out the full quote from Wibberley below:

“[It would be like] Tony Stark gets to visit Peter Parker. That’s basically how we saw the relationship if Ben Gates ever showed up. She’s basically Peter Parker to him and would be like, ‘Oh my God, it’s Ben Gates! What do I do?’ That’s how our universe is. We would love to bring any of the other veterans if we get another season. We have roles for all of them.”

This Marvel analogy gives good context for fans as to the status that Cage’s Ben Gates holds in the National Treasure universe. While fans of the original National Treasure movie might be sad to see that there do not seem to be any concrete plans for a Ben appearance in this first season of National Treasure: Edge of History, it is comforting to know that he still fully exists within this updated National Treasure universe. Better yet, Ben is revered by leading character Jess, and could possibly have a mentor relationship with the character in future seasons, as Tony Stark did with Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thus, while Wibberley does not make any promises for a Ben Gates National Treasure reappearance, he is clearly open to the idea.

It will be interesting to see how the popularity of National Treasure: Edge of Historyplays out upon its release. Fans of the franchise hoping for future cameos and references to the beloved movies may leap to support the show and watch it in hopes of a future season. Furthermore, as National Treasure 3 sits in development, it will be interesting to see what the Disney+ seriesestablishes within the franchisecanon and how it might be followed up in the planned cinematic continuation of the story should National Treasure 3 happen. Only time will tell when National Treasure: Edge of History premieres on December 14.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Related Posts

Pokémon Go: How To Find (& Catch) Therian Forme Landorus

Therian Forme Landorus is the last Therian forme to appear in Pokemon Go. This guide will show players how to find and capture this Pokemon.

Iconic Minecraft Location’s World Seed Finally Discovered

The iconic Minecraft Pack.PNG image's location is found by player SalC1's group of dedicated explorers, and its coordinates are now available.

Every Gears of War Game, Ranked Worst To Best

Gears of War is one of Xbox's most reliable franchises, but which entries went the extra mile with added modes, new characters, and bloody executions?

Best Movie Soundtracks Of The Decade

The 2010s brought us some fantastic films with unforgettable soundtracks and scores, such as these 15 albums released from 2010 - 2019.

Bryce Hall’s He’s All That Cameo Explained: Where To Spot The TikTok Star

Netflix's teen romantic comedy He's All That stars TikToker Addison Rae and features a surprising cameo from fellow TikToker Bryce Hall.

Riverdale Creator Confirms Josie & The Pussycats Are Returning To Show

Riverdale season 5 will see the exciting homecoming of Josie and the Pussycats, who haven't been in the series since its second season.

Marvel Zombies TV Show Announced For Disney+ With Throwback Logo

Marvel Studios officially announces plans for a Marvel Zombies animated Disney+ show following the concept's use in Marvel's What If...?

Arts & Crafts: 10 Adorable Pieces Of Paper Mario Fan Art That Nintendo Fans Will Love

The Paper Mario franchise has inspired some fantastic work from some very talented fan artists, and here are just a few can't-miss art pieces.