What's on page 47 in the President's book of secrets? We have an idea of what National Treasure 3's story could be about. Released in 2004, National Treasure was a promising movie with an inviting premise that certainly had the potential to develop into a long-running, profitable franchise for Disney. Starring Nicholas Cage, Jon Voight, Diane Kruger, and Justin Bartha, National Treasure followed protagonists Ben, Abigail, and Riley as they went on the hunt for treasure based on a map which was found on the back on the Declaration of Independence. Between the high-concept adventure and a winning cast, the sequel, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, followed shortly after in 2007.
Plans for National Treasure 3 were put into motion after Book of Secrets' release. A third film felt promising by 2010 when it was reported writers Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro had been hired and a script was in development at Disney. Things were slowing in 2013, though, with producer Jerry Bruckheimer saying only that National Treasure 3 was still in development and the script was still being written. In 2018, Turteltaub commented on the film's status, not necessarily confirming it wasn't moving forward but rather that development had stalled with concerns over paying people fairly despite a limited budget and Disney's priorities on expanding and developing other projects also in the pipeline. As of July 2019, National Treasure 3 is in the same place.
Even though there are no immediate plans to move forward on National Treasure 3, it's not for lack of a viable story. The references to a mysterious page 47 made by the President of the United States (played by Bruce Greenwood) to the titular book of secrets from the second film meant the table has already been set for a new adventure. Third film or not, let's imagine what could logically be on those pages that would serve as the basis for National Treasure 3.
There's Something Hidden At Mount Vernon
National Treasure: Book of Secrets established that the president had a fascination and love of America's first president, George Washington. In the film, Ben is able to manipulate the president into separating him from his birthday party at Mount Vernon (Washington's home in Virginia) and taking him down into a secret network of tunnels only indicated on an older map of the estate.
Although there's no actual shroud of mystery about Mount Vernon or Washington's life there looming in the annals of American history, devising a story where information about something hidden on the estate - specifically, the tunnels - is located on page 47 certainly seems like a viable direction for National Treasure 3's story. It also doesn't hurt that the character concerned with getting a look at page 47, the president, also has an established interest in the land and its most famous past resident.
What Is On The Missing 18 And 1/2 Minutes Of The Watergate Tapes?
The Watergate scandal has been a continued source of interest, whether it's using the events of the scandal as the bar by which we compare other scandals or using it to make jokes on other things in pop culture and beyond. While the basics of the Watergate scandal and its aftermath have been pored over in books, television, and movies, there is one detail of the scandal which remains a mystery and would be perfect page 47 material: the missing 18 and a half minutes from more than 1,000 hours of recorded conversations.
It's believed there's nothing substantial revealed in the tapes that haven't been recorded from other conversations but it doesn't make the deletion of those specific 18 and a half minutes interesting (if it's an innocuous conversation, why delete it? etc.). Considering this scandal directly involved then-President Richard Nixon, it would seem logical within the world of National Treasure that Nixon would have written down what took place during those 18 and a half minutes before deleting that specific portion on page 47. It would also explain why page 47 is specifically of interest to another president further down the line who could potentially need that information for his own purposes.
The Georgia Guidestones Put Ben, Abigail, And Riley On A New Mission
Because there is no mention in National Treasure 2 when exactly entries stopped being made in the President's Book of Secrets, and some still-recent events, including the Watergate tapes, were mentioned in the film. So it's possible another recent event was mentioned and it was on page 47: the truth behind the Georgia Guidestones.
The Georgia Guidestones were erected in 1980 under mysterious circumstances in Elbert County, Georgia. To this day, the true authors of the Guidestones have never been revealed. On July 1, 1979, a man working under the pseudonym Robert C. Christian approached the Elberton Granite Finishing Company; he was acting as a representative for a small group who deemed themselves loyal Americans. They wanted to construct the Guidestones as a calendar, a clock, and a compass, which were meant for values the group believed should be promoted to the rest of the nation and for future generations. The Guidestones are fascinating in the sense that they are constructed in a similar fashion to Stonehenge and are written in a variety of languages. The information they contain is considered polarizing and have led to reactionary graffiti appearing on them over the years, all of which reject the values they espouse; they appear to promote population control, eugenics, and internationalism while also claiming to promote peace, love, and harmony.
Naturally, many conspiracy theories have popped up over the years about why these Guidestones exist. Furthermore, people have wondered who erected the Guidestones, why a small place in northern Georgia was chosen for their location, and so forth. The existence of the Guidestones as an artifact from recent American history, which touch upon conspiracy-laden ideas about humanity, feels appropriate for the President's book of secrets as well as National Treasure 3's story. It's easy to envision a story like that unfold in which the President has caught wind of potentially life-changing information contained within the Guidestones. Then, either the Guidestones have been recorded on page 47 or the President's book makes mention of the Guidestones in relation to something bigger, in which case the President would need Ben and his team's help to solve.
The Truth Behind Secret Society The Bohemian Club
In National Treasure, the Knights Templar and the Freemasons were key parts of the story, having been responsible for creating the treasure map later used by Ben, Abigail, and Riley. With secret societies now an established part of the National Treasure world, it wouldn't be far-fetched for another secret society to appear in National Treasure 3. Between this and getting the National Treasure President involved, there is an interesting overlap of these areas because of the society known as The Bohemian Club.
The Bohemian Club, much like the Knights Templar and the Freemasons, isn't necessarily a secret society in the sense that nobody knows of their existence but rather because they largely operate in secret with only the members of the club knowing what's happening behind closed doors. The Bohemian Club has existed since at least the 1870s and has had regular gatherings at Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio, California. The membership has been men-only and has consisted of artists, musicians, and businessmen like William Randolph Hearst, as well as U.S. presidents like Richard Nixon. The particulars of discussions or interactions that occur there are not widely known; what is known is that early discussions of the creation of the atomic bomb under The Manhattan Project did take place there.
Considering The Bohemian Club's secrecy (for the most part) as well as the membership of various U.S. presidents over the years, it's entirely possibly page 47 could have included commentary on one of these gatherings that would have gone on to shape future events. If interactions related to the creation of one of the 20th century's most powerful weapons happened at Bohemian Groves amongst Bohemian Club members, what else could have happened there?