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Don’t Bother Trying, This is the Most Absurd Prop Bet of 2020

Angelo Montilla

by Angelo Montilla in Entertainment

Jan 20, 2020 · 2:04 PM PST

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With "National Treasure 3" officially in the works, will Nicolas Cage return as Benjamin Franklin Gates? Photo by Nicolas Genin (Wiki Commons)
  • some sportsbooks are offering +2500 odds that 2017 World Series trophy will be stolen in National Treasure 3
  • Odds that Houston Astros’ title won’t be stolen come in as heavy -100000 favorite
  • Discussion for a possible Disney sequel began in 2016

Don’t look now, but “National Treasure 3” is officially in the works.

According to Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Chris Bremner has confirmed he is working on a National Treasure franchise sequel with a release date that has yet to be confirmed.

The previous two Jerry Bruckheimer-produced National Treasure films starred Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Franklin Gates — a treasure hunter who uncovers hidden artifacts and evades the U.S. Government.

Odds Benjamin Franklin Gates Steals 2017 World Series Trophy

Result Odds
No -100000
Yes +2500

Odds taken on Jan. 20

Following news that National Treasure 3 is in the works, some sportsbooks released one of the most absurd prop bets for 2020: Will Benjamin Gates steal the 2017 Houston Astros’ World Series trophy in the movie?

Odds for “No” come in as the overwhelming -100000 favorite, but is there any value in betting “Yes” at +2500?

In the previous two movies, Gates focused on searching for lost treasure of precious metals, jewelry, artwork and other artifacts hidden from the government.

National Treasure Franchise Has Been Successful

A treasure map on the back of the Declaration of Independence was the focus of the first film, while missing pages in John Wilkes Booth’s diary was the main plot in the second.

Can the 2017 World Series title be considered a national treasure?

With so much controversy surrounding the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal which led to the team winning the World Series in 2017, what would entice Disney to work that into the plot for the next National Treasure sequel?

Consider the fact that The National Treasure franchise has done extremely well, earning $347 million worldwide for the original movie in 2004.

That was followed with $457 million in earnings for the 2007 “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.”

While Cage starred in both films, the franchise has also featured Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger, Harvey Keitel and John Voight. It’s also uncertain whether Cage, 56, will return for the third move.

Disney CEO Bob Iger has discussed the possibility of making a third National Treasure movie dating back to 2016 — preceding Houston’s controversial World Series win the following year.

Since then, there’s been more than enough time to think of a plot for the third installment, with Bremner now in charge of writing the highly anticipated sequel.

Back to the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series championship being a part of National Treasure 3. It’s highly unlikely this will happen for various reasons — the biggest is risking ruining what’s been a successful Disney series.

Among other highly unlikely scenarios making the rounds on Twitter and other social media platforms include: Donald Trump’s tax returns, George Washington’s teeth and Statue of Liberty just to name a few.

Pick: No (-100000)

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