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National Treasure (film series)
National Treasure is a series of historical theatrical adventure action mystery films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Nicolas Cage as Benjamin

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National TreasureDirected byJon TurteltaubProduced byJerry Bruckheimer
Jon TurteltaubScreenplay byJim Kouf (1)
Cormac Wibberley (1–2)
Marianne Wibberley (1–2)Starring Music byTrevor RabinCinematographyCaleb Deschanel (1)
John Schwartzman (2)
Amir Mokri (2)Edited byWilliam Goldenberg
David Rennie (2)Production
company Walt Disney Pictures
Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Junction Entertainment
Saturn Films Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures (1)
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2)Release date1: November 19, 2004
2: December 21, 2007Running time255 minutesCountryUnited StatesLanguageEnglishBudget$230 million (Total: 2 films)Box office$804.9 million (Total: 2 films)

National Treasure is a series of historical theatrical adventure action mystery films 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 U.S. history while evading the U. S. Government.

The films were distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. There are also a series of novels detailing the ancestors of Ben Gates, all written by Catherine Hapka.

Contents Films National Treasure (2004) Main article: National Treasure (film)

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, steals the Declaration of Independence.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) Main article: National Treasure: Book of Secrets

In the sequel to the original 2004 film, black market dealer Mitch Wilkinson 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 U.S. President and by finding the disappeared hidden truth.

Future (National Treasure 3)

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 and (both sites are now unregistered and the second link redirects).[2] In May 2008, director and producer Jon Turteltaub said that the filmmaking team would take its time on another National Treasure sequel.[3] In September 2008, producer Jerry Bruckheimer officially confirmed that they were in the process of developing a third film,[4] and in November of that year, Bruckheimer said that the writers were in the process of writing the script to the film.[5] In May 2010, Bruckheimer said that the first draft of the screenplay was completed.[6]

In a February 2012 interview, 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."[7] In May 2013, Justin Bartha stated that a third installment was still a possibility and that scripts have been written.[8] In April 2014, Bruckheimer stated that the first act of National Treasure 3 was complete and "exciting".[9][10]

On March 4, 2016, The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger responded to a question regarding the third film, saying, "We have done two, and yes they were really fine movies. I know Jerry Bruckheimer who produced them has had conversations with our studio a number of times about it, and there have been some developments along the way, but as of right now we have not green-lit as we say, a National Treasure 3. But I do know there is time and some resources spent on development."[11]

On May 25, 2016, Nicolas Cage confirmed the film was still in the writing process.[12] On September 1, 2017, Jerry Bruckheimer revealed that the script was already finished, but Disney was not satisfied with the story.[13] In July 2018, Turtletaub reiterated that a script for a possible third film was "close," but Disney still was not completely sold on the idea.[14]


There was no novelization of the first movie, but a novelization of the second titled National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets The Junior Novel was released on November 6, 2007.[15] 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

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

# Title Released Time period Plot summary 1 Changing Tides November 6, 2007 1612 The epilogue from Changing Tides is included at the back of the National Treasure book.[16] 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. 2 Midnight Ride March 8, 2008 1773–1775 At the onset of the Revolutionary War in Boston in 1775, John Raleigh Gates follows the clues to find an incredible treasure.[17] 3 Uncharted August 26, 2008 1803 After 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.[18] 4 Westward Bound December 23, 2008 1848–1849 Thomas Gates is convinced that the treasure is located with someone or in something called the Charlotte. However, his youngest brother James Monroe 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.[19] 5 Forever Free Was to be released on April 28, 2009, never released 1872 After 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.[20] 6 Roaring In Was to be released on August 25, 2009, never released 1920s Jay 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.[21] Characters Character Film National Treasure National Treasure: Book of Secrets 2004 2007 Benjamin Franklin "Ben" Gates Nicolas Cage Riley Poole Justin Bartha Dr. Abigail Chase Diane Kruger Patrick Henry Gates Jon Voight Agent Peter Sandusky Harvey Keitel Agent Hendricks Armando Riesco Ian Howe Sean Bean   Thomas Gates Jason Earles Joel Gretsch John Adams Gates Christopher Plummer   Dr. Emily Appleton   Helen Mirren Mitch Wilkinson   Ed Harris Gates Family Tree This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
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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 Sally Chandler                           Charles Carroll Gates
b. 1856                          John Adams Gates                          Patrick Henry Gates Emily Appleton                           Benjamin "Ben" Franklin Gates Abigail Chase   Reception Box office performance Film Release date Box office gross Budget Reference North America Other territories Worldwide Adjusted North America[22] National Treasure November 19, 2004 $173,008,894 $174,503,424 $347,512,318 $234,183,815 $100 million [23] National Treasure: Book of Secrets December 21, 2007 $219,964,115 $237,400,485 $457,364,600 $271,222,002 $130 million[citation needed] [24] Total $392,973,009 $411,903,909 $804,876,918 $505,405,817 $230 million Critical and public response Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore National Treasure 44% (169 reviews)[25] 39 (35 reviews)[26] A-[27] National Treasure: Book of Secrets 35% (125 reviews)[28] 48 (26 reviews)[29] A–[27] Accolades

The following is a table listing the awards and nominations received by National Treasure[30] and National Treasure: Book of Secrets.[31]

Year Award Category Notes Result National Treasure 2005 BMI Film & TV Awards BMI Film Music Award BMI Film Music Award for Trevor Rabin Won 2005 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Saturn Award for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film Nominated 2005 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress Diane Kruger Nominated 2005 Teen Choice Awards Movie: Action/Adventure Nominated 2005 Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Motion Picture Matthew Gratzner, Forest Fischer, Scott Beverly,
and Leigh-Alexandra Jacob, for the treasure room Nominated 2005 World Stunt Awards Taurus Award for Best Overall Stunt by a Stunt Woman Lisa Hoyle Nominated 2005 Young Artist Awards Best Family Feature Film: Drama Nominated 2005 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film, Supporting Young Actor Hunter Gomez Nominated National Treasure: Book of Secrets 2007 Academy of Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Best Supporting Actress Helen Mirren Nominated 2008 Golden Trailer Awards Best Motion/Title Graphics Nominated 2008 MTV Movie Awards Best Movie Nominated 2008 Razzie Awards Worst Actor Nicolas Cage Nominated 2008 Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actor Jon Voight Nominated 2008 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure Diane Kruger Nominated References
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