National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
National Treasure: Book of Secrets is a 2007 my-stery ad-venture film directed by Jon Turteltaub and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It is a sequel to the 2004 film National Treasure and is the second part of the National Treasure franchise. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, Ed Harris, Bruce Greenwood, and Helen Mirren.
It was stated in the first film’s commentary that there were no plans for a sequel, but due to the first film’s impressive box-office performance, a sequel was given the go ahead in 2005.
The film premiered in New York City on 13/12/2007, and was released in North America by Walt Disney Pictures on 21/12/2007. Five days after the end of the Civil War, John Wilkes Booth and Michael O’Laughlen, both members of the Knights of the Golden Circle, enter a tavern and approach Thomas Gates to decode a message. Thomas recognizes the message as using the Playfair cipher and begins to translate it. While he does so, Booth leaves for Ford’s Theatre to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. Thomas solves the puzzle and realizes the men are still loyal to the Confederacy. A fight breaks out, and Thomas rips several pages from the diary and throws them in the fireplace. Thomas is shot, and the gunman retrieves only a page fragment.