Justin Bartha Discusses Possibility of a Third NATIONAL TREASURE Movie and Says ‘There’s Still Hope’ – GeekTyrant

Actor Justin Bartha started in national treasure when the first movie was shot in 2004 and returned for a sequel in 2007, National Treasure: Book of Secrets. He is now reprising his role in the Disney+ series. National Treasure: The Frontier of Historybut it took a while for it to come aboard, despite always being hopeful for a third movie in the series.

He recently chatted with Variety about the series and its upcoming third movie, and when asked if he had ever thought about where Riley Poole might be now, 15 years after the last movie, Bartha said:

Not really! But in terms of storytelling, we’ve been trying to get the third movie off the ground for a while. Jon Turtletaub, the director of those movies, and I were writing things together in those days and grappling with what the third in the series would look like. So there were times when we asked what exactly was going on in the world and what that meant for the treasure they were going to hunt. But we didn’t go so far as to answer questions like is he married or anything like that.

When Bartha was asked if he was surprised that the series continued with a series instead of a third movie, he replied:

To be honest, I was skeptical at first. But as I looked beyond my initial skepticism, I was excited to see what would happen. Now I have kids and I’m really desperate for something to watch with them. We did the original “National Treasure” almost 20 years ago, and these two movies are basically the only two movies I’ve ever made that my kids can watch. Being able to do something for my girls to watch was what got me past my skepticism. And I’ve known the Wibberleys for a long time, and Jon and Jerry were involved. I knew the heart was in the right place and they would respect the spirit of the series. To be honest, I didn’t jump ship right away. But after talking to them and looking at my daughters, it was hard to turn my back.

When asked later if Riley’s reference to “Page 47” in the series taken from the second movie was a mockery for a possible third movie, Bartha said:

Reference was something I threw in there while shooting. I just had to. But listen, there’s still hope for another movie. Nic is clearly doing great, one of the best ever. Jerry had a huge hit with “Top Gun: Maverick” and it’s doing great. And the constant drum beat from the fans for a third movie does it for me without a second thought.

When asked if the Wibberleys had told him what happened on Page 47, Bartha sneered:

Ah, I know it all, but I can’t tell you. You’ll need to write to your local Disney representative and get the movie done to find out.

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