National Geographic Channel Partners With Scott Free Productions To Produce
Best-selling Author Bill O'Reilly's Next Anticipated Best-seller Killing Jesus
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2013
Announcement Comes Before Book Hits Stores Sept. 24 of This Year; Film Version
to Air Globally on National Geographic Channels in 2014
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --With the record-breaking
success of the National Geographic Channel (NGC) factual drama of Bill
O'Reilly's best-selling history "Killing Lincoln," NGC President Howard T.
Owens announced today that the network will once again join forces with Scott
Free Productions to produce a film based on "Killing Jesus: A History," the
recently announced book from O'Reilly with co-author Martin Dugard, to be
published by Henry Holt and Company on Sept. 24, 2013. The announcement comes
as the network is also in pre-production on the film adaptation of "Killing
Kennedy," expected to air globally on National Geographic Channels later this
Killing Jesus is part of NGC's commitment to authentic entertainment that
challenges perceptions and expands understanding of stories you think you know
with smart and imaginative storytelling. Not a new theme for the network, NGC
has a rich history of producing thought-provoking programming on religious
topics, such as the highly regarded special Gospel of Judas.
The factual drama will be true to the incredibly popular narrative
storytelling devices used by O'Reilly in his previous two books, telling the
story of Jesus of Nazareth as a beloved and controversial young revolutionary
brutally killed by Roman soldiers and recounting 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.
"I am thrilled to once again be partnering with National Geographic Channels
and Scott Free Productions on my next book," said author Bill O'Reilly. "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."
Production on the television event will begin this fall, combining rare
historical insights with dramatic and emotionally engaging storytelling in the
signature style of Scott Free Productions. The special will premiere globally
on NGC in 171 countries and 38 languages in 2014.
"O'Reilly has proven with 'Killing Lincoln' and 'Killing 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. We are
privileged to once again work with National Geographic Channel to bring Bill's
vision to the screen," said Ridley Scott.
"With the tremendous success of 'Killing Lincoln,' partnering with Bill
O'Reilly on his next two blockbuster titles is a real thrill for us, and
clearly something our audience craves," said Owens. "Scott Free Productions
continue to be ideal partners as we work to increase our commitment to
producing quality, smart, factual dramas and delivering authentic
entertainment with substance."
About "Killing Jesus"
Bill O'Reilly, anchor of the number-one Fox News program "The O'Reilly Factor"
and author of the instant number-one best-selling books "Killing Kennedy: The
End of Camelot," "Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed
America Forever" and the young reader's edition "Lincoln's Last Days," will
write "Killing Jesus: A History," a chronicle of the events leading up to
Jesus' crucifixion. The book was announced by Stephen Rubin, president and
publisher of Henry Holt and Company. It will be published on Sept. 24, 2013,
and will be written with Martin Dugard, the co-author of "Killing Kennedy" and
About Bill O'Reilly
Bill O'Reilly is the anchor of "The O'Reilly Factor," the highest-rated cable
news show in the country. He also writes a syndicated newspaper column and is
the author of several number-one best-selling books. He is perhaps the most
talked-about political commentator in America.
About Scott Free Productions
Scott Free Productions was formed in 1995 and is the film and television
production vehicle of acclaimed film directors and brothers Ridley and Tony
Scott. Scott Free Television produces the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated,
Peabody acclaimed drama "The Good Wife" for CBS, which is currently enjoying
its fourth season, and the eight-hour adaptation of "World Without End," Ken
Follett's international best-seller featuring Cynthia Nixon, Ben Chaplin and
Miranda Richardson on Reelz. Scott Free also produced the recent four-hour
adaptation of Robin Cook's "Coma" for A&E, starring Geena Davis, James Woods,
Richard Dreyfuss and Ellen Burstyn; the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated
miniseries "The Pillars of the Earth" for Starz; the hit CBS show "NUMB3RS,"
which ran for six seasons; the Emmy®-nominated miniseries "The Andromeda
Strain" starring Benjamin Bratt and Viola Davis, also for A&E; and the Golden
Globe® nominated "The Company" for TNT, featuring Michael Keaton and Alfred
Productions in prep for 2013 include "Klondike," Discovery Channel's first
ever scripted miniseries, based on Charlotte Gray's book about six strangers'
fight for survival and wealth in a small frontier boom town, starring Chris
Cooper, Tim Roth and Abbie Cornish; and, for Showtime, "The Vatican," a
modern-day political thriller from Oscar® nominated writer Paul Attanasio,
starring Kyle Chandler and Matthew Goode with Ridley Scott at the helm of his
first-ever television pilot.
In addition to scripted fare, Scott Free has firmly established its nonfiction
presence by producing the epic Emmy®-winning documentary "Gettysburg" for the
History Channel, the recent critical and ratings hit Killing Lincoln for the
National Geographic Channel and the upcoming Killing Kennedy, also for the
National Geographic Channel.
Scott Free has offices in Los Angeles and London in conjunction with RSA
Films, one of the world's largest and most successful commercial production
National Geographic Channels
Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the
National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National
Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. The Channels contribute to the National
Geographic Society's commitment to exploration, conservation and education
with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its
mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC)
celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the
wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in
2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels
have carriage with all of the nation's major cable, telco and satellite
television providers, with NGC currently available in 84 million U.S. homes.
Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in 440 million homes in 171
countries and 38 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com.
SOURCE National Geographic Channel
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