The two National Treasure films from 2004 and 2007 were huge successes for Disney and have aged well, with Nic Cage’s typical quirky performance and action-packed adventure storylines reminiscent of Indiana Jones, minus the intense madness that often goes overlooked in those films.
However, since the mid-2000s, there have been many rumours of a third film, but nothing solid came of it until recently.
Now, with the third film seemingly in the works, National Treasure: Edge of History seemed like a way for Disney to gauge interest in the IP and reach the Gen Z audience, which was more of a branding exercise for Disney+. In our review, here’s what we had to say about the eight-episode series:
What’s most surprising about Edge of History is how little it feels like a National Treasure instalment. While Harvey Keitel briefly appears to set the plot in motion, if he didn’t, you wouldn’t know that this show is supposed to take place in the same universe as the films.
It lacks the same vibe, style, and energy of enthusiasm, instead following the typical formula of a treasure hunt that seems too similar to other media released in recent years.
The treasure lacks thought and creativity, with the map divided into three puzzle boxes supposedly held by the Mayans, Incas, and Aztecs. Nevertheless, the action remains centred in the US, lacking the explicit links to the Freemasons, Founding Fathers, and Declaration of Independence that made the films primarily US-based.
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National Treasure: Edge of History Season 2 Release Date
People are quire about National Treasure: Edge of History second season, no official statement has been released by Disney about the official release date. Disney’s decision-making process for renewing shows varies, sometimes announcing renewals before the first season airs, other times announcing it during the finale, or sometimes taking months to make the announcement.
If National Treasure: Edge of History is renewed for season 2, it’s likely to air on Disney+ in 2024.
What is National Treasure: Edge of History About?
National Treasure: Edge of History follows the journey of a young heroine, Jess (Lisette Olivera), who is a brilliant and resourceful DREAMer.
She went on to unravel the truth about her family’s mysterious past and to save a lost Pan-American treasure. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Justin Bartha are part of the series, who reprises his role as Riley Poole.
The series also stars Zuri Reed, Antonio Cipriano, Jordan Rodrigues, Jake Austin Walker, Lyndon Smith, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
“Additionally, the cast features Zuri Reed from “Flatbush Misdemeanors” as Tasha, Jess’s devoted friend who joins in the search for treasure but must reconsider her beliefs to support her closest pal, Antonio Cipriano from “Jagged Little Pill” on Broadway as Oren, a lovable but self-absorbed clown with a vast understanding of conspiracy theories trying to win Tasha’s heart back; Jordan Rodrigues from “Lady Bird” as Ethan, Jess’s lifelong best friend who has been in love with her since they met; Jake Austin Walker from “Rectify” as Liam, a handsome but struggling musician with a bad attitude who hails from a family of treasure hunters; Catherine Zeta-Jones from “Chicago” as Billie, a fearless billionaire black-market antique expert and treasure hunter who operates under her own rules; and Lyndon Smith from “Parenthood” as FBI Agent Ross, a determined investigator who starts to uncover a larger conspiracy.
Executive producers for the series include Jerry Bruckheimer, Cormac and Marianne Wibberley, Jonathan Littman, Kristie Anne Reed, and Rick Muirragui, who also serves as a writer. Jon Turteltaub is also an executive producer, while Mira Nair is directing and serving as an executive producer.”
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