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Promotional poster for the first film, National Treasure (2004)

National Treasure is a series of theatrical action-adventure mystery films distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Gates, a treasure hunter who, with the help of his father, Patrick Henry Gates (Jon Voight), his girlfriend, Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger) and his loyal sidekick, Riley Poole (Justin Bartha), uncovers hidden troves and secrets from America's past. Additionally there are a series of novels detailing the ancestors of Ben Gates, all written by Catherine Hapka.

Films[edit]

National Treasure (2004)[edit]

The original National Treasure film centers on the Gates family legend of a fantastic treasure trove of artifacts and gold, hidden by the Founding Fathers of the United States, and the attempts by the scion of the family, Benjamin Franklin Gates, to find the treasure before his ex-friend, Ian Howe (Sean Bean), steals and destroys the Declaration of Independence.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)[edit]

In the sequel to the original 2004 film, black market dealer Mitch Wilkinson (Ed Harris) locates one of the 18 missing pages of John Wilkes Booth's diary, and suggests that Ben's ancestor, Thomas Gates, was a conspirator in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, so Ben sets out to prove his innocence by kidnapping the current US President (Bruce Greenwood) and by finding the disappeared hidden truth.

National Treasure 3[edit]

In December 2007, before the second film was released, Nicolas Cage showed interest in doing a third film, believing it should be more international.[1] In early 2008, Disney registered the domains for NationalTreasure3DVD.com and NationalTreasure4DVD.com (both sites are now unregistered and the second link redirects).[2] In May 2008, Director Jon Turteltaub said that the filmmaking team would take its time on another National Treasure sequel.[3] In September 2008, Jerry Bruckheimer officially confirmed that they were in the process of developing a third film.[4] In November 2008, Bruckheimer said that the writers were in the process of writing the script to the film.[5] In March 2009, Jon Voight, who plays Patrick Gates, said that the script was not yet finished, and was also quoted as saying "I just hope there's good stuff for me to play in it, that Helen Mirren, (who plays his ex-wife) will be back."[6] Disney had planned to begin filming in late 2010, after Justin Bartha had finished The Hangover: Part II, but no announcements have been made as to whether or not filming took place.[7]

In May 2010, Bruckheimer said that the first draft of the screenplay was completed.[8] In a February 2012 interview with Nicolas Cage, Cage stated: "...I have not heard any news about a third one at this time, and it would be interesting to take National Treasure into South America."[9] In a May 2013 interview with Justin Bartha, Bartha stated that a third installment was still a possibility and that scripts have been written.[10] In another interview in April 2014 with Bruckheimer he stated that the first act of National Treasure 3 was complete and "exciting".[11][12]

Books[edit]

There was no novelization of the first movie, but a novelization of the second entitled National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets The Junior Novel was released on November 6, 2007.[13] Parts of the story in the novel version differ slightly from what was actually filmed, owing to changes being made in the screenplay prior to and during production. For example, in the novel, Ben and Abigail photograph the wooden plank found hidden in the Queen's desk and leave it behind, with the car chase following, but in the movie, they take the plank with them on the chase. Also, the date on the statue in Paris, which is also the combination to access the plank is shown as 1865 rather than 1876.

Gates Family Mystery[edit]

Disney Press has also published a series of spin-off historical novels about ancestors of the Gates Family, all by Catherine Hapka.

#TitleReleasedTime periodPlot summary
1Changing TidesNovember 6, 20071612The epilogue from Changing Tides is included at the back of the National Treasure book.[14] Samuel Gates and his brother, William, travel to the Americas and the newly organized Jamestown, hoping to find a fortune and rescue their family name.
2Midnight RideMarch 8, 20081773–1775At the onset of the Revolutionary War in Boston in 1775, John Raleigh Gates follows the clues to find an incredible treasure.[15]
3UnchartedAugust 26, 20081803After the American Revolutionary War, Adam Benjamin Gates and his twin sister, Eleanor or Ellie, have heard their father's tales of his part in the Revolutionary War and his discovery of a great treasure that helped the Patriots. Soon, Adam and Ellie find themselves on a dangerous journey into uncharted lands in search of a treasure hidden deep within the wilderness.[16]
4Westward BoundDecember 23, 20081848–1849Thomas Gates is convinced that the treasure is located with someone or in something called the Charlotte. However, his youngest brother James Madison Gates wants a treasure that is easier to get to. In 1848, while helping a friend on the run from her father, he reluctantly follows a series of letters his aunt, Eleanor, sent to his father, believing it leads to a treasure that is bigger than the gold of California.[17]
5Forever FreeWas to be released on April 28, 2009, never released1872After the death of his father, Charles Gates considers running away from his family's past of treasure hunting. However, when he befriends a freed slave named Daniel, they set off to uncover what civil rights leaders fought to protect. It was never released to the public and is not available for reading.[18]
6Roaring InWas to be released on August 25, 2009, never released1920sJay Gates wishes to remain in peace and quiet, despite the economic boom of the 1920s. However, he soon learns of hints in regards to the Charlotte, for which his family had been searching for almost a century, and decides to seek adventure. It was never released to the public and is not available for reading.[19]

Characters[edit]

CharacterFilm
National TreasureNational Treasure: Book of Secrets
Benjamin Franklin "Ben" GatesNicolas Cage
Riley PooleJustin Bartha
Dr. Abigail ChaseDiane Kruger
Patrick Henry GatesJon Voight
Agent Peter SaduskyHarvey Keitel
Agent HendricksArmando Riesco
Ian HoweSean Bean 
Thomas GatesJason EarlesJoel Gretsch
John Adams GatesChristopher Plummer 
Dr. Emily Appleton Helen Mirren
Mitch Wilkinson Ed Harris

Gates Family Tree[edit]

The tree below shows the Gates family, including Ben's ancestors mentioned in the series of novels based on the movies, Changing Tides, Midnight Ride, and Uncharted. A detailed family tree is presented in the novel, Uncharted. Benjamin Franklin Gates' direct line is in bold.

 
 
 
 
Benjamin Gates
1568-1621
 
Alice Gates
1571-1630
 
 
 
John Martin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mary Willis
1593-1642
 
William Gates
1591-1645
 
 
 
Samuel Thomas Gates
1594-1661
 
Elizabeth Martin
1595-1661
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
George Gates
1615-1679
 
Maureen Burns
1620-1679
 
Alice Gates
1617-1642
 
Benjamin Gates
1615-1660
 
Elizabeth White
1620-1641
 
John Gates
1618-1654
 
Victoria Wall
1620-1650
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Seamus Gates
1641-1647
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Patrick Gates
1640-1691
 
Alice Porter
1639-1697
 
Edward James Gates
1635-1685
 
Mary Dunleavy
1637-1675
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
unknown
 
 
 
 
 
Martha Gates
1657-1662
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Charlotte Sweeny
1726-1753
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thomas Samuel Gates
1722-1805
 
Constance White
1722-1760
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mary Gates
1748-1806
 
Elizabeth Gates
1750-1816
 
Sarah Gates
1752-1781
 
Alice Gates
1755-1821
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mercy Gates
1760-1786
 
Humility Gates
1760-1809
 
 
 
 
 
Duncan Gates
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Raleigh Gates
1757-1830
 
May Dunrick
1757-1824
 
Millicent Dunrick
 
 
 
Robert
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
George Gates
1785-1847
 
Adam Benjamin Gates
1786-1851
 
Eleanor "Ellie" Gates
1786-1855
 
Mr. Darby
 
Timothy Gates
1788-1832
 
Hallowell Gates
1790-1844
 
Edward
b. 1791
 
Charlotte
 
William "Will" Gates
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arthur
 
Eleanor "El" Gates
 
Thomas Gates
d. 1865
 
William "Will" Gates
 
Samuel "Sam" Gates
 
James Monroe Gates
b. 1824
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Charles Carroll Gates
b. 1856
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Adams Gates
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Patrick Henry Gates
 
Emily Appleton
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Benjamin "Ben" Franklin Gates
b. 1964

Awards and nominations[edit]

The following is a table listing the awards and nominations received by National Treasure[20] and National Treasure: Book of Secrets.[21]

YearAssociationAward CategoryNotesResult
National Treasure
2005BMI Film & TV AwardsBMI Film Music AwardBMI Film Music Award for Trevor RabinWon
2005Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USASaturn Award for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller FilmNominated
2005Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USASaturn Award for Best Supporting ActressDiane KrugerNominated
2005Teen Choice AwardsMovie: Action/AdventureNominated
2005Visual Effects Society AwardsOutstanding Models and Miniatures in a Motion PictureMatthew Gratzner, Forest Fischer, Scott Beverly,
and Leigh-Alexandra Jacob, for the treasure room
Nominated
2005World Stunt AwardsTaurus Award for Best Overall Stunt by a Stunt WomanLisa HoyleNominated
2005Young Artist AwardsBest Family Feature Film: DramaNominated
2005Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film, Supporting Young ActorHunter GomezNominated
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
2007Academy of Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy FilmBest Supporting ActressHelen MirrenNominated
2008Golden Trailer AwardsBest Motion/Title GraphicsNominated
2008MTV Movie AwardsBest MovieNominated
2008Razzie AwardsWorst ActorNicolas CageNominated
2008Razzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorJon VoightNominated
2008Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actress: Action AdventureDiane KrugerNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cage on Ghost Rider 2 and National Treasure 3". Comingsoon.net. 2007-12-03. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  2. ^ Peter Sciretta (2008-02-01). "Disney Plans For National Treasure 3 & 4". SlashFilm. 
  3. ^ Bruce Kirkland (2008-05-30). "'National Treasure 3' in works". Jam!. 
  4. ^ "NATIONAL TREASURE 3 Confirmed for Disney". mania.com. 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  5. ^ "Bruckheimer on Pirates 4, Lone Ranger and National Treasure 3". Comingsoon.net. 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  6. ^ "Jon Voight on National Treasure 3". Orlando Sentinel. 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  7. ^ "Ghost Rider 2 Uncaged?". IGN Movies. 2010-04-26. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  8. ^ "Jerry Bruckheimer: 'I'm Having Too Much Fun'". Access Hollywood. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  9. ^ http://www.empireonline.com/interviews/interview.asp?IID=1444
  10. ^ http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/justin-bartha-says-national-treasure-3-is-still-a-possibility
  11. ^ http://collider.com/top-gun-2-jerry-bruckheimer-deliver-us-from-evil
  12. ^ http://www.trailer-geek.com/jerry-bruckheimer-talks-national-treasure-3-2014/2014/04/
  13. ^ "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets The Junior Novel". Retrieved 2007-11-27. 
  14. ^ "Changing Tides (National Treasure)". Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
  15. ^ "Midnight Ride (Gates Family Mystery)". Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  16. ^ "Uncharted (Gates Family Mystery)". Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  17. ^ "Westward Bound (Gates Family Mystery)". Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  18. ^ "Forever Free (Gates Family Mystery)". Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  19. ^ "Roaring In (Gates Family Mystery)". Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  20. ^ IMDB Awards list for National Treasure
  21. ^ IMDB Awards list for National Treasure: Book of Secrets

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