Original ‘National Treasure’ Writers Say They Want Nic Cage Back

On Thursday afternoon, Disney+ revealed an extended preview of its upcoming national treasure follow-up series to San Diego Comic-Con.

Although fans finally have the chance to return to this world after more than a decade of waiting, it won’t be a fully satisfying experience as original franchise star Nicolas Cage is not affiliated with the new series.

It’s a fact that has only confused fans further given that Cage has openly expressed his desire to return and at least two of his original co-stars – Justin Bartha and Harvey Keitel – have been confirmed. for their return.

But that doesn’t mean the wheels aren’t turning behind the scenes.

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In an exclusive interview with Deadline after National Treasure’s SDCC panel, original screenwriters Cormac and Marianne Wibberley revealed they would do anything to get Cage back. They also insisted that the only reason he hasn’t returned yet is because of his busy schedule.

We will beg and plead,” Marianne said. “Whenever his schedule frees up,” Cormac concluded.

The two went on to explain how Cage was always the first choice to play Ben Gates in the franchise. Regarding Cage’s iconic line about flying the Declaration of Independence, Marianne said, “You’ve got to have someone crazy, like Nic Cage, to do that part.”

Reminiscing about how integral Cage was to the success of the first two films, Corman added, “We’re leveraging with the fans to bring him home.”

You can see the full excerpt below.

Paging Nic Cage: Your presence has been requested on “National Treasure: Edge of History” #NationalTreasureSeries https://t.co/jle2cShhkJ

Now, while there have been reports of a potential third movie in the works with Cage set to return, the fact that so many former cast members are returning in the new series makes a third movie redundant.

To be clear, there’s a chance that Cage is actually in the upcoming series and is currently Hollywood’s best-kept secret, but if he isn’t, I hope the Wibberleys , Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney will do everything they can to get him involved. back in the franchise. After all, he was essentially the wildly eccentric Indiana Jones of my generation…

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The franchise’s latest installment centers on a young heroine, Jess (Lisette Alexis), a brilliant and resourceful dreamer who embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to uncover the truth about her family’s mysterious past and save a treasure. Pan American lost. Jess will go up against Billie (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones), a badass billionaire, black market antiques expert and treasure hunter who lives by her own code. She grew from a penniless orphan to a shrewd and stylish businesswoman and adventurer. Billie is used to getting what she wants, and she wants the Pan Am treasure. But not just for the money. This treasure has deeper stakes for her.

The series also stars Zuri Reed (Flatbush torts) as Tasha, Jordan Rodrigues as Ethan (lady bird), Antonio Cipriano as Oren (“Jagged Little Pill” on Broadway”), and Jake Austin Walker (Rectify) as friends of Liam – Jess whom she recruits to help her uncover the truth about her parents and their connection to the treasure. Lyndon Smith (parenting) plays FBI agent Ross who assists in the quest. Jacob Vargas is set to play Rafael, an adventurous, treasure-obsessed soul with a good sense of humor.

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Jerry Bruckheimer, Cormac & Marianne Wibberley, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed are producing the series alongside Rick Muirragui, who is also a screenwriter. Jon Turteltaub is also an executive producer. Mira Nair is a director and executive producer.

A Disney-branded television series, National Treasure: Edge of History is produced by ABC Signature, part of Disney Television Studios.

THE SOURCE: Deadline