Nicolas Cage has acted in a plethora of films throughout the course of his decades as one of Hollywood’s most intriguing performers, including last year’s indie hit “Pig.” He’s gotten so well-known that he’ll be seen in the forthcoming comedy “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” as a loosely fictionalised version of himself. But, of all the films in the Nicolas Cage canon, “National Treasure” has possibly had the most lasting influence. Cage plays treasure hunter Benjamin Gates, who becomes entangled in a web of intrigue and American history when he discovers a peculiar cypher concealed inside the Declaration of Independence.
“National Treasure” was a huge hit at the film office, grossing more than $347 million worldwide and producing a sequel in 2007, which was probably even more lucrative (via Box Office Mojo). “National Treasure” is still a cultural landmark for many people over 20 years after the original film was released, and fans are continuously discovering new things to like about it. The newest iteration of the franchise will be a Disney+ series, however, it’s unclear if Cage will appear. There’s clearly a need for more “National Treasure” content, and the announcement of the television series has reignited rumours that a “National Treasure 3” is in the works. Cage, on the other hand, shot off the reports in a recent interview.
Nicolas Cage has stated that he has no intentions to return to the National Treasure franchise.
Nicolas Cage shattered the aspirations of “National Treasure” fans everywhere when chatting with The Hollywood Reporter about his forthcoming project, “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.” When asked if a sequel to his popular 1997 picture is in the works, he said: “Cage rejected the idea in “Face/Off,” stating it’s “simply supposition with no basis or substance.” ‘National Treasure 3’ had the same effect on me.”
It’s been too long since the last “National Treasure 2,” according to Cage, for the franchise to explore a hat trick. “It’s been fourteen years since we last saw one other. There isn’t anything there at all.” Despite his dissatisfaction with the notion, Cage does not dismiss the dream that certain adventure franchise fans may harbour. He stated it like this: “Is it enjoyable to ponder? Sure.” For the time being, Disney’s upcoming TV series on Disney+ will see a younger cast of characters solve their own treasure-seeking riddles, continuing the “National Treasure” brand on the small screen.
While there has been no suggestion of Cage returning, his rejection to participate in “National Treasure 3” does not rule out the potential of a cameo appearance by the actor on the TV programme. Meanwhile, Cage is gearing up for the March 12 debut of “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” in which he co-stars with Pedro Pascal of “The Mandalorian” (via Entertainment Weekly).