15 years after the release in the United States of “Benjamin Gates and The Book of Secrets”, fans are impatiently awaiting the return to the cinema of the treasure hunter embodied by Nicolas Cage. They can be happy today, since Jerry Bruckheimer has good news for them.
Benjamin Gatesa franchise to be reactivated
In 2004, a franchise resembling Indiana Jones opened with Benjamin Gates and the Templar Treasureaction-adventure film centered on treasure hunter Benjamin Gates, played by Nicolas Cage. Critics pout. But overall the public appreciates by the action and the humor of the film, and by the performance of Benjamin Gates. With total worldwide revenue amounting to $353 million (for a budget of 100 million), a second film, Benjamin Gates and the Book of Secrets was put into production and released in France in 2008.
In December 2007, the studios announced a third film. But the project, still led by Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney, fell into a development hellwith several times the announcement of a finalized script, but no production launched. It is not until 2020 that the project is finally formalizedwith Chris Bremner writing the script and Jon Turteltaub returning to direct.
Things are getting clearer, but that’s not it yet. In March 2022, Nicolas Cage announced that the project had fallen behind schedule with Disney’s choice to first favor the production of a series. This is called National Treasure: Edge of History and should arrive on Disney+ in 2023. A delay, but not a cancellation, since Jerry Bruckheimer has just recently confirmed to ComicBook.com reach the goal.
Nicolas Cage will have the last word
If the series developed by Disney will not feature Nicolas Cage in the role of the main protagonist – it will be Lisette Alexis in the role of Jess Morales, within a rejuvenated cast -, impossible to produce a Benjamin Gates 3 without its iconic actor. Thus, while ensuring that the project is alive and the script readyJerry Bruckheimer says the ball is now in the actor’s court Flip/Face and Lord of War.
We’re fine-tuning the script right now. We hope Nicolas Cage likes it, but the script is really good. So I think we will send it to him very soon.
Excellent news for the public of the franchise, and on which we can seriously count this time. Indeed, Jerry Bruckheimer is currently at the peak of the wave with the immense success of Top Gun : Maverick. And on his side, Nicolas Cage, after a long series of failures in the 2010sregained the favor of critics and the public, with in particular the very successful Pig. Back to more serious business, and with the spin-off series which should rekindle the curiosity of the public, the signals are green Benjamin Gates 3 !