We’ve got word today on two upcoming movie spinoff series that are coming to streaming services, including National Treasure and Wellington Paranormal. The former is in development for Disney+, while the latter is in the works at The CW and HBO Max.
Disney+ has given a National Treasure TV series the green light with a 10-episode order, according to Deadline. The project comes from the films’ producer Jerry Bruckheimer and original writers Marianne and Cormac Wibberley.
Mira Nair (Vanity Fair) is set to direct the series, which “explores the timely issues of identity, community, historical authorship and patriotism, told from the point of view of Jess Morales, a twenty-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.”
In the National Treasure series, Morales will take the torch from Benjamin Gates, the films’ protagonist played by Nicolas Cage. Cage is still expected to reprise the role in director Jon Turteltaub’s National Treasure 3, which brought on Chris Bremner as writer in January 2020. The first two movies also featured Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha and Jon Voight.
The Wibberleys will executive produce the series with Jerry Bruckheimer Television. ABC Signature is the studio.
In the first movie, which was released in 2004, Gates had been obsessed since he was a boy with finding the legendary Knights Templar Treasure. As Gates tries to find and decipher ancient riddles that will lead him to it, he’s dogged by a ruthless enemy who wants the riches for himself. Now in a race against time, Gates must steal one of America’s most sacred and guarded documents — the Declaration of Independence — or let it, and a key clue to the mystery, fall into dangerous hands.
In the 2007 sequel, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, in order to find the The Lost City of Gold, Gates and his team must weave their way to the final clue in a mysterious and highly-guarded book containing centuries of secrets. But there’s only one way to find it – Ben Gates must kidnap the President.
The CW today also announced the acquisition of Wellington Paranormal in partnership with HBO Max. A spinoff of the vampire mockumentary film What We Do in the Shadows, from award-winning creators Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit), the New Zealand-based series will make its U.S. broadcast debut on The CW.
Wellington Paranormal marks the first co-acquisition of a primetime series between The CW and HBO Max. Every episode of the supernatural comedy series will first air on The CW and will be available to stream on the network’s free, ad-supported digital platforms (The CW app and CWTV.com) and WarnerMedia’s subscription-based platform, HBO Max, the day following its broadcast, throughout the season.
Wellington Paranormal follows the adventures of Officers O’Leary (Karen O’Leary, What We Do in the Shadows) and Minogue (Mike Minogue, What We Do in the Shadows), hard-working members of the Wellington constabulary’s paranormal unit who, under the supervision of Sergeant Maaka (Maaka Pohatu, Savage), investigate supernatural occurrences that arise in the capital of New Zealand on a surprisingly regular basis.
The horror-comedy series is slated for the network’s summer schedule. Dates and times will be announced at a later time. Created by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, who serve as executive producers of the series with Paul Yates, Wellington Paranormal is produced by The New Zealand Documentary Board.