Jim Hill over at Jim Hill Media has some insight into the future workings of the all might Disney Corporation, which include a healthy amount of sequels and a few new projects.

With the surprising success of National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, it should come as no surprise that Disney is lining up a pair of sequels to tack on. The Mouse has recently obtained the domain names for National Treasure 3 and National Treasure 4. The third installment would likely come around Christmas, 2010, and have the Gates family searching for something “life-altering” revealed in the titular Book of Secrets. Fans had thought it might the Fountain of Youth, but …

sparrow01.jpgPirates of the Caribbean 4 would presumably follow Captain Jack Sparrow and his “friendemy” Captain Barbosa both on the trail of the Fountain of Youth, as hinted at near the end of At World’s End. It is unlikely that Disney would allow both films to have the same basic goal in mind and with Pirates the undisputed box office king, they would likely have first dibs.

Don’t expect Pirates 4 in the immediate future, as everyone does want a little time away from it. But, with box office so big and Depp’s offer to return, it would be idiotic to think another installment wasn’t coming. Rumors seem to indicate that Pirates 4 would abandon Elizabeth and Will, who pretty much wrapped their story line (and neither Knightley or Bloom wants to come back) and focus on the bawdy adventures of Sparrow and Barbosa – something I think could work nicely. The Elizabeth+Will stuff always sort of felt boring to me, at least in the sequels.

In new movie news, Disney also seems intent on producing a feature film about Big Thunder Mountain, another attraction of theirs. The story would reportedly follow a Southwest expedition to the mountain in search of cursed gold.

That about wraps up this brief. If you still need more Benjamin Gates though, good news, as a line of children’s books recently launched and will continue. Cheers, mates!

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