National Geographic to adapt Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Jesus’

By Daniel S Levine,

After the success of National Geographic’s Killing Lincoln, the network is teaming up with author Bill O’Reilly again for Killing Jesus.

Killing Jesus was announced last month and won’t be published until Sept. 24 by Henry Holt and Company. It will be co-authored by Martin Dugard, the Fox News pundit’s collaborator on Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy.

NGC President Howard T. Owens confirmed that the network will produce an adaptation of Killing Jesus: A History like its Killing Lincoln adaptation, which scored 3.4 million viewers when it aired last month. NatGeo will co-produce with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions again.

“I am thrilled to once again be partnering with National Geographic Channels and Scott Free Productions on my next book,” O’Reilly said in a statement posted at Deadline. “Jesus is the most famous person that has ever lived — and is worshipped today by more than 2.2 billion people. This story is not only rich with detail, controversy and drama, but also personal to so many people that I would not trust it to anyone else to bring to life on the screen.”

Killing Jesus will track the events that lead to Jesus’ crucifiction and the impact his death has had on the world.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, NatGeo is currently working on a Killing Kennedy adaptation as well. Production on Killing Jesus will start in the fall.



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