10:37am PT by Michael O'Connell
Nat Geo Adapting Bill O’Reilly’s 'Killing Kennedy'
National Geographic Channel is teaming up with Bill O’Reilly again.
Having recently completed production on an adaptation of the Fox News host and best-selling author's Killing Lincoln, the cable network has given the green light to a second telepic based another presidential book, Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot. Like Lincoln, Kennedy also will be produced by Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions.
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“The common parallels between Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy are astonishing, with both assassinations profoundly changing the nation during crucial moments in its history," said O'Reilly. "It made perfect sense that my follow-up to Lincoln would naturally lead to Kennedy."
Both Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln follow the November debut of SEAL Team Six, Nat Geo’s first feature film. The Weinstein Co.'s retelling of the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound pulled in 2.7 million viewers.
“With the tremendous success of SEAL Team Six, our first feature film, and the growing excitement over this February’s premiere of Killing Lincoln, producing Bill O’Reilly’s follow-up was a no-brainer and will be yet another story that will resonate with our audience,” said National Geographic Channel president Howard Owens. “As Scott Free Productions continue to be perfect partners -- taking risks and breaking new ground in storytelling -- we are claiming a stake in producing factual dramas, delivering entertainment with substance.”
Production on the two-hour adaptation begins in the spring and eventually will premiere in the 171 countries that carry Nat Geo. Casting news is expected to be announced shortly.
“Collaborating with National Geographic on Bill O’Reilly’s follow-up was an easy decision," said Scott. "They share the same passion of storytelling and are willing to take creative leaps and risks to keep viewers entertained to tell the provocative story of Kennedy’s last days, a pivotal and historic moment."
Killing Lincoln, starring Billy Campbell as the 16th president, will air in February.