Bill O'Reilly and Net Geo Reteam for 'Killing Reagan'
This marks the fourth partnership between the pundit's historical biographies and the cable network.
National Geographic and Bill O'Reilly are teaming up for another Killing.
Though the Fox News personality and prolific co-author is still pursuing cinematic potential for the fourth book in his historical series, Killing Patton, he has reached a deal with Nat Geo and producers Scott Free to adapt the upcoming fifth title, Killing Reagan, for television.
“Over the past three years, Scott Free Productions and National Geographic Channels have been incredible partners in bringing my books to life, and I’m confident Killing Reagan will be no different,” O’Reilly said in a statement. “Their formula for translating these stories from the page to the screen, using A-list talent both in front of and behind the camera, has proven to be successful with both audiences and the industry at large.”
O'Reilly, who writes the books with Martin Dugard, had previously seen Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus all adapted at Nat Geo. The films have been a huge help for Nat Geo's scripted push. Each has topped the previous installment in the ratings, culminating in 3.7 million viewers for Killing Jesus earlier this year.
"Bill has been a terrific partner through the entire production of the Killing franchise," Nat Geo Channels CEO Courteney Monroe told The Hollywood Reporter earlier in 2015 when it became clear that Patton would not move forward at the network. "His passion for these projects is unwavering, and one of the reasons for their success is his commitment to working with us in all efforts to promote the films."
Killing Reagan, about the late Republican president, arrives in stores on Tuesday — and takes a different approach than its predecessors, given that Reagan was only the subject of an attempted assassination. The film will air in 2016.