Disney+ has greenlit a TV series based on “National Treasure” that will star a Latina actress in the lead role, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
The series, a reimagining of the Nicolas Cage-led films, is from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and original writers Marianne and Cormac Wibberley. Mira Nair will direct. It was developed by ABC Signature.
The TV series will be told from the point of view of Jess Morales, a 20-year-old DREAMer who, with her diverse group of friends, sets off on the adventure of a lifetime to uncover her mysterious family history and recover lost treasure.
The TV series will be separate from the film series, which has been in development on a third movie that would star Nicholas Cage. Chris Bremner was brought in to write the script more than a year ago. The first movie, released in 2004, starred Cage as treasure hunter Benjamin Gates and co-starred Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha and Jon Voight. The cast returned in the 2007 sequel “Book of Secrets.”
“National Treasure” joins several upcoming series at Disney+ that are based on Disney movies, including “Turner & Hooch,” a “Beauty and the Beast” spinoff and the upcoming “Mighty Ducks” sequel series.
Deadline first reported the news about the “National Treasure” TV series.