The National Treasure series has been on hiatus for the past 15 years with the last film, National Treasure: The Book of Secrets, releasing in 2007. A third film was and supposedly is still in development but has gone through development hell for all these years. Now with the series approaching 20 years Disney is finally brining back the series, with a spin-off.
In 2020 the series’ long time producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, confirmed that a television series based on the popular franchise would be developed for Disney’s Disney Plus streaming platform. The only catch being that it would focus on a younger generation of explorers instead of Nicholas Cage’s Benjamin Gates.
Ahead of this year’s San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) Disney revealed the official title for the series, National Treasure: Edge of History.
The series will follow newcomer Lisette Alexis as Jess Morales as the lead while other actors such as Lyndon Smith, Jake Austin Walker, Jordan Rodrigues and Catherine Zeta-Jones round out the cast. The only returning character (as of now) is Justin Bartha’s Riley Poole.
Sadly no sign of Nicholas Cage, Diane Kruger or even Jon Voight. This series is meant to be its own thing while having the “spirit” of the original film series. This however has long time fans worried as the recent track record of “next generation” projects haven’t done all that well. Disney’s Star Wars Sequel Trilogy being a prime example.
Oddly enough this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a television series following a teenager searching for treasure. The last time we saw this was on Cartoon Network’s Unnatural History which ran from June to September of 2010 as part of their CN Real phase.
Hopefully this series won’t be like so many failed attempts for side stories as we still await the third National Treasure film.
Are you looking forward to the new National Treasure series?
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