Hunting For Facts About The National Treasure Franchise

Released in 2004, National Treasure tells the story of a trio on the hunt for a lost Knight’s Templar treasure that was rumored to be hidden by American Freemasons during the Revolutionary War. To find it, they must follow a series of clues and riddles left behind by America’s Founding Fathers before the trove falls into the wrong hands. Thought to be a one-and-done film, National Treasure exploded in popularity, even creating a resurgence in interest in American history. Its success resulted in the second film in 2007, with a long-anticipated third film announced in 2019. So, take a more in-depth look into the series to learn about secrets that Benjamin Gates would have even missed.

The Film Used A Brick-By-Brick Replica Of Independence Hall

nicolas cage in national treasure
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures

Filming on historical government property isn’t s privilege that’s usually granted to every filmmaker. So, the chances of the National Treasure being able to scramble around the building freely were thin. Luckily, they discovered that Walter Knott of Knott’s Berry Farm had built a near-identical replica of Independence Hall on his property in Buena Park, California, back in the 1960s.

The production team used this substitute building for the scene when Nicolas Cage’s character is running across the roof and digging out a brick, something that definitely wouldn’t have been approved by the United States government.