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National Treasure: Key of Tales is a 2013 American adventure film directed by Jon Tureltaub and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation creator Anthony E. Zuiker. It is a sequel to 2007's National Treasure: Book of Secrets and the third chapter in the National Treasure franchise following the tales of Benjamin Franklin "Ben" Gates (played by Nicholas Cage). In audition to Cage, the film stars Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Jon Voight, Helen Mirren, Paul Walker, Edward Norton, Nolan North, and Grace Park.

The film takes place 6 years after Book of Secrets as Ben Gates is now married to his girlfriend, Dr. Abigail Chase (Ph.D.). He ends up working with an archaeologist named Harry Reyes to find a forgotten accent city with a relic called the Key of Tales.

Development on the film began in 2009 after the release of Bruckheimer's previous film, G-Force. Cage and several cast members from the previous National Treasure films signed on to reprise their roles, respectively.

Key of Tales premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on August 10, 2013 and was released to the public on August 16. The film received positive reviews and was deemed an improvement over it's predecessors. Key of Tales grossed over $957 million worldwide, becoming the highest grossing film in the National Treasure franchise.

Plot

Cast

  • Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Franklin "Ben" Gates
  • Justin Bartha as Riley Poole, Ben's best friend
  • Diane Kruger as Dr. Abigail Chase, Ben's colleague and girlfriend
  • Jon Voight as Patrick Henry Gates, Ben's father who is divorced from his wife Emily.
  • Helen Mirren as Dr. Emily Appleton-Gates, Ben's mother who is divorced from her husband, Patrick.
  • Paul Walker as Lewis Trenton
  • Edward Norton as Damien Nickel
  • Nolan North as Michael Oyes
  • Grace Park as Susan Capes
  • Harvey Keitel as FBI Special Agent Sadusky
  • Armando Riesco as FBI Special Agent Hendricks
  • Alicia Coppola as FBI Special Agent Spellman

Production

Development

Director Jon Turteltaub said that the team would take their time on a second National Treasure sequel,[3] but Disney has already registered the domains for NationalTreasure3DVD.com and NationalTreasure4DVD.com.[4] Though the second film ended with the question about page 47 of the President's book of secrets, Turteltaub responded in a press interview that the idea was not set in stone as the basis for National Treasure 3.

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Possible sequel

In October 2013, filmmaker Jon Turteltaub confirmed to Collider that the studio, himself, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and the actors all want to do the fourth film: "We want to do the movie, Disney wants to do the movie. We're just having the damnedest time writing it. I'll bet that within two years, we'll be shooting that movie. 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".[5]

References

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  2. National Treasure: Books of Secrets (2007). Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 2008 January 11.
  3. Kirkland, Bruce (2008-05-30). 'National Treasure 3' in works. Jam!. Canoe.
  4. Sciretta, Peter (2008-02-01). Disney Plans For National Treasure 3 & 4. SlashFilm.
  5. Franklin, Garth (22 October 2013). A "National Treasure 3" Is On The Way?.
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