Filmmaker Jon Turteltaub is about to return to cinemas with next week’s Jason Statham vs. giant shark film “The Meg”. The movie is drawing raves for being exactly what it claims to be – a lot of fun.
Turteltaub is also known for other films that are more fun than you might expect, most notably the two “National Treasure” movies from last decade. There’s often been talk of a third one, but Disney hasn’t made any forward progress on it in years. Speaking with Collider this week, Turteltaub explains why that’s the case:
“When National Treasure first got made, there was a lot more money to go around. Everybody got paid nicely. The problem with getting the third one made isn’t the people who are getting paid saying, “I’m not doing it unless you pay me a lot!” It’s really that Disney feels they have other films they want to make that they think will make them more money. I think they’re wrong. I think they’re right about the movies they’re making; they’re obviously doing a really good job at making great films. I just think this would be one of them, and they don’t quite realize how much the Internet is begging for a third National Treasure.”
Turteltaub also confirmed that there was a script that was nearly done but Disney wasn’t keen enough to keep developing it:
“The script was close, but not so great that the studio couldn’t say yes. But it’s been good enough that the studio could have said, ‘Yes, keep going. Get closer.’ [Producer] Jerry Bruckheimer is the master of taking something that’s good enough and turning it into something great in about an hour and a half. It’s a little nerve-wracking but it works.”
Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, Diane Kruger and Justin Bartha led the cast of the two films which earned a combined $804 million worldwide.