National Geographic teams with Bill O'Reilly again for 'Killing Jesus' adaptation(Read article summary)
National Geographic and director Ridley Scott's company will again produce an adaptation of O'Reilly's work, this one based on the story of Jesus Christ. Scott and National Geographic have previously adapted O'Reilly's works 'Killing Lincoln' and 'Killing Kennedy.'
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National Geographic is teaming up with TV personality and author Bill O‚ÄôReilly again to adapt his newest book for television.
O‚ÄôReilly‚Äôs forthcoming book ‚ÄúKilling Jesus,‚ÄĚ which is due out this September, will be adapted for television by National Geographic, the channel which also took on adaptations of O‚ÄôReilly‚Äôs previous books ‚ÄúKilling Lincoln‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúKilling Kennedy.‚ÄĚ National Geographic will be working with director and producer Ridley Scott‚Äôs company, Scott Free Productions.
The book and TV adaptation will tell the story of Jesus ‚Äúas a beloved and controversial young revolutionary brutally killed by Roman soldiers" and will also recount "the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable and the changes that his life brought upon the world for the centuries to follow,‚ÄĚ according to National Geographic.
Scott, whose production company has worked with O‚ÄôReilly and National Geographic on the previous two adaptations, told TheWrap.com that he is ‚Äúprivileged‚ÄĚ to be teaming up again with National Geographic to adapt O‚ÄôReilly‚Äôs work.¬†
‚ÄúO'Reilly has proven with ‚ÄėKilling Lincoln' and ‚ÄėKilling Kennedy' that the public is fascinated with the tragic tales of these renowned historical figures, and this is one of the most dramatic stories ever told," Scott said.¬†
The book version of ‚ÄúKilling Jesus,‚ÄĚ for which O‚ÄôReilly is teaming up again with his co-author Martin Dugard, is due out Sept. 24. The televised adaptation has a projected air date of 2014.
‚ÄúKilling Lincoln‚ÄĚ aired this February on the National Geographic channel and set a ratings record for the channel, with 3.4 million viewers tuning in ‚Äď the biggest audience the channel has ever had. "The Killing" and "The Rocketeer" actor Billy Campbell portrayed Abraham Lincoln and actor Tom Hanks narrated. The adaptation of ‚ÄúKilling Kennedy‚ÄĚ is currently in preproduction.
‚ÄúThis is the big one," O'Reilly said of ‚ÄúKilling Jesus‚ÄĚ in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. "We really like working with Nat Geo and Scott Free because the B.S. component is very small. These guys are right on my wavelength. We get a good screenplay, we shoot it, and we put it on.‚ÄĚ