Director Jon Turteltaub Talks NATIONAL TREASURE 3; Thinks They’ll be Shooting Within Two Years

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There’s been talk about a possible third National Treasure film for the last couple of years, with both producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turteltaub saying that a script is being worked on.  And with as well as the first two films did, it would seem like a no-brainer to get into production.

So, when Collider got the opportunity to speak with Turteltaub about his latest film, the comedy Last Vegas (due out in theaters on November 1st), I took the chance to ask him for an update on the status of National Treasure 3, and he’s definitely still hopeful that it will happen within the next couple of years.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

national_treasure_3_jon_turteltaub_jerry_bruckheimerCollider:  There was talk about National Treasure 3 hitting theaters for Christmas 2011, and now it’s just about Christmas 2013 and the film hasn’t been shot yet.  Why has that been so difficult to get going, when it should be such a no-brainer?

JON TURTELTAUB:  If you can write the script, we’ll take it!  It’s so damn hard to write a great historical mystery based on fact.  It’s not for lack of trying.  We want to do the movie.  Disney wants to do the movie.  We’re just having the damnedest time, writing it.

Do you think it’s something that will still happen?

TURTELTAUB:  I do.  I’ll bet that within two years, we’ll be shooting that movie. 

Are you close to being ready?

TURTELTAUB:  We’re closer.  I’d say we’re about half-way there.  It’s not only writing a great historical mystery, but we’ve gotta write something that has nothing to do with anything we’ve done before.  The goal is to always have an original sequel, as silly as that sounds.  We really want to make sure that the third one doesn’t just feel like a repeat of the first one, or one too many.

Look for our full interview with Turteltaub soon, and click here for all our previous coverage on the National Treasure franchise.

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  • The Flobbit

    I don’t know whether to cheer or weep…

  • The Flobbit

    I don’t know whether to cheer or weep…

    • Jiv Boarnstaumb

      Why not do both?

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  • ItsNotaSchooner

    The National Treasure movies are one of my biggest guilty pleasures. Love those movies!!

    • Bob

      Same, they have a great cast, are fun, exciting and goofy-cool like. Cheering for a third even though the 2nd def was a step down from the 1st. I wanna no what was on that page the president told him to look at!

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  • Leo Spaceman

    Diane Kruger Justin Bartha and Jon Voight have all ended up in TV after since those movies came out and Nic Cage’s career hasn’t really hit it big since Ghost Rider: Spirit of S**t, one more might just push the Cage into HBO or Showtime. I actually wouldn’t mind a high quality Cage TV Series though.

    I’m honestly not sure if I was trying to Troll here or not, I can’t imagine a National Treasure movie flopping.

    • Jeremy D

      I’ve always wondered if going to HBO was considered a “bad” for some high profile actors / actresses. Cause you know when an actor / actress ends up on Lifetime I’m like “oh wow, his / her career must’ve really taken a turn for the worse”, but when I see an actor / actress on HBO I think “Oh awesome” because I know HBO produces very high quality shows. So basically, what I’m getting at is why is going to HBO considered bad? Cause I think it’s let a lot of people truly shine.

      • Leo Spaceman

        I think for limited series it isn’t bad. Woody Harrdtospell and and Matthew McCaunaspellingsucks are doing an HBO show together. For them it is more like a committing to a movie that has a longer shoot. I like that and don’t think its a downgrade. Neither was it for Sean Bean to do Game of Thrones for a season.

        Robin Williams doing the Crazy Ones is a downgrade for a man who needed a paycheck but had no real viable big checks for any movies.

      • Jeremy D

        Alright I understand and agree with all that you’ve said. But, take Steve Buscemi. He’s had some great high profile roles, but now he is on Boardwalk and has been for a few seasons. Do you think that is a downgrade and if so, why? In my head, even though Buscemi and Williams are pretty much doing relatively the same thing in terms of their career — TV shows —- albeit Buscemi is playing a deeper character in a show with a deeper story line, I don’t think any less of Buscemi’s career, but for some reason I do of William’s. I just associate HBO with quality, I guess.

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  • disqus_zehxD27Pu5

    Someone sign Steve Berry to write this already. Nobody writes a good historical fiction mystery/action like that man can! The National Treasure Movies are a great Guilty Pleasure and you can’t tease with the “mystery page” like that and not follow through….

  • disqus_zehxD27Pu5

    Someone sign Steve Berry to write this already. Nobody writes a good historical fiction mystery/action like that man can! The National Treasure Movies are a great Guilty Pleasure and you can’t tease with the “mystery page” like that and not follow through….

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  • Adam Rowe

    They need to bring back Sean Bean for the third one. Nic should break him out of prison so that he can help them hunt treasure.

  • Adam Rowe

    They need to bring back Sean Bean for the third one. Nic should break him out of prison so that he can help them hunt treasure.

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  • Joshua Yeoman

    well is already doing it with the script and but someone already posted something that you are worry about that the word guilty of national treasure i well put you in court of that i can do that beause my last name yeoman my uncle was a judge of houston of harris county

    • GuidZilla

      ……what?

    • Nostromo

      Yes! Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about.

    • Vambeefco Horzey

      Sir – I applaud you for saying what we’ve all been thinking, and for putting it in such an eloquent way.

  • Joshua Yeoman

    well is already doing it with the script and but someone already posted something that you are worry about that the word guilty of national treasure i well put you in court of that i can do that beause my last name yeoman my uncle was a judge of houston of harris county

  • mycroft16

    Love both of these movies. Though admittedly the 2nd wasn’t quite as good as the 1st, it was still a ton of fun. That 1st one really was quite a film. A real adventure, loved all the history woven throughout it.

    • bella

      i love the 1st one the best too i am actually a treasure hunter myself

      • Grant Vimpimpopopington

        You get someone else to transcript your journal entries though, yeah?

    • bella

      i love the 1st one the best too i am actually a treasure hunter myself

    • JTrip

      I originally saw the 2nd National treasure first then the 1st National Treasure afterwards and initially like the the 2nd one better. After watching them both again I realized that I liked the 1st one better.

  • bella

    i love national treasure 1 and 2 and i am a treasure hunter myself .i hope that national treasure 3 is about whats on page 47 in the presidents secret book

  • bella

    i love national treasure 1 and 2 and i am a treasure hunter myself .i hope that national treasure 3 is about whats on page 47 in the presidents secret book

  • William R. Cousert

    How about a crossover with the Marvel cinematic universe. Ben Gates could find one of the infinity gems in Grants tomb.

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  • Magic Mike

    Very excited for this third release. Come on John hurrya up and get it written..

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  • Vambeefco Horzey

    I’m literally watching the first one now, fact fans. It’s alright.

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