National Treasure 3: Page 47 – Production talks have begun for installment 3 of the movie franchise National Treasure, based on the President asking Ben Gates “What’s on page 47?” as he looks at the Book of Secrets.

National Treasure 3 page 47

The cryptic reference in National Treasure 2 to page 47 in the President’s “Book of Secrets” came about from a bit of script improvisation from the movie’s star, Nicholas Cage.

“The way we left the movie, the President asked Ben, ‘What’s on page 47?'” Cage said. “I wanted to figure out what I could say that would really make people interested in what’s on page 47 without saying it, so I thought of the words ‘life altering.’ Whatever it is, it’s going to have to be life-altering.”

Nicholas Cage, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jon Turteltaub press interview:
Nicholas Cage, Jon Turtletaub and jerry Bruckheimer discuss National Treasure 3

Director Jon Turteltaub was asked in the press interview “Have you written yourself in the corner with this page 47?” 

Turteltaub’s response is that the page 47 idea isn’t set in stone as the basis for National Treasure 3.

“We can always tell people that’s the fourth movie,” he said. “That doesn’t work. I’ve actually seen movies that seem like they’re setting up for the sequel and that wasn’t the sequel.”

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer said that the writers strike has slowed script development on National Treasure 3.

“The writers might know, but I don’t know,” he said in answer to a question about the mysterious page 47. “And they’re not going to tell me now because they’re on strike.”

National Treasure Book Of Secrets page 47

In an interview, star Nicholas Cage expanded on his view that National Treasure 3 should be more like “International Treasure” than another US-based thriller.

“I believe that it should become more and more International Treasure,” he said. “I was very happy to see that we went to London, England and Paris, France, but I’d like to see the movie go wider still. I’d like to go into Africa, Egypt, Asia, and keep going. My hope is that Ben is recruited and he gets a dossier from these other countries about their history, and has to download it and learn it, and then try to go on these hunts on their behalf. That would be a lot of fun for me.”

And that’s the latest news on National Treasure 3: Page 47.