Nat Geo Teams Up Again With Ridley Scott And Bill O’Reilly For ‘Killing Jesus’

Hoping to piggyback on the success of National Geographic Channel‘s take on Bill O’Reilly’s best-seller Killing Lincoln, the network is again partnering with Ridley Scott and O’Reilly on Killing Jesus: A History, O’Reilly’s recently announced book that he co-authored with Martin Dugard. The book will be published by Henry Holt and Company on September 24. Today’s announcement comes as the network is in pre-production on O’Reilly’s Killing Kennedy: The End Of Camelot expected to air worldwide on Nat Geo Channels later this year. “I am thrilled to once again be partnering with National Geographic Channels and Scott Free Productions on my next book,” said O’Reilly. “Jesus is the most famous person that has ever lived — and is worshipped today by more than 2.2 billion people”. Killing Jesus tells 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. “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 Scott. Production is set to begin this fall. Click over to read today’s release.

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(WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 25, 2013) 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 year.

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.”

Comments (26)

  • Congrats Mary Lisio for making it happen! She’s proof that beauty and brains still exist in this town.

    Comment by danny villa — Monday March 25, 2013 @ 1:19pm PDT  
  • Shouldn’t this be on Syfy?

    Comment by Hank Petchow — Monday March 25, 2013 @ 1:42pm PDT  
    • Jesus is a real historical figure. there is no question about that. Draw your own conclusions as to his divinity.

      Comment by Glen — Monday March 25, 2013 @ 2:40pm PDT  
      • What’s your evidence for that? I’m genuinely curious. Other than some lines written by Josephus that scholars have determined were forged, there are no other contemporary references to a historical Jesus.

        Comment by Curious — Monday March 25, 2013 @ 3:48pm PDT  
        • SOME scholars have had trouble with Josephus, but his accounts have generally been accepted. So you’re being glib, Curious. Nice try.

          Comment by WRTRPROD7 — Monday March 25, 2013 @ 7:59pm PDT  
          • Inconclusiveness does not equal proof either for or against, so Curious is neither right nor wrong.
            Is there historical evidence that a man named Jesus of Nazareth actually existed. Yes. Does it constitute proof of that existence? No.

            But then again Christians and facts are like oil and water.

            Comment by Holden — Tuesday March 26, 2013 @ 10:37am PDT  
    • Feel better now?

      It amazes me how insecure and childish atheists are. Guy, there are people who believe in Jesus. He was an important historical religious and political figure. Studying the circumstances around his death are perfectly valid, even for people who don’t believe he was an actual messiah.

      But here comes you, literally adding nothing to the subject, just making a crass statement because you don’t believe in religion. Your comment doesn’t make you clever, it makes you an ignoramous.

      Comment by Shaking my head — Monday March 25, 2013 @ 2:43pm PDT  
      • Historical in what sense? I feel a dictionary would be more relevant to this discussion.

        Comment by Judson — Monday March 25, 2013 @ 5:48pm PDT  
        • Do you deny the holocaust as well? How cute. Bro, you want to be an atheist, be an atheist. But to deny that there was a person called Jesus of Nazareth, regardless of whether you believe he was actually divine, is hard to deny. Just as there was really a Prophet Muhammed, etc.

          Like with those who deny the holocaust or global warming, you’re being intentionally glib. It’s political. Your denial of a historical Jesus stems from the insecurity you feel about your atheism. Be whatever you want, this isn’t a discussion about you though. But don’t fault those who accept the reality that there was such an actual person.

          Comment by Shaking my head — Tuesday March 26, 2013 @ 2:00am PDT  
    • I hope they show the part where Jesus goes to Mexico and tells the Aztecs about the Gospels. Mel Gibson left that out of his Apocalypto movie.

      Comment by masanissa — Monday March 25, 2013 @ 9:18pm PDT  
  • I can’t for the part where John the Baptist says, “Tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can’t explain that.”

    Comment by Reggie Van Luster — Monday March 25, 2013 @ 2:18pm PDT  
    • I meant “can’t wait”. Never a miscommunication except in my case.

      Comment by Reggie Van Luster — Monday March 25, 2013 @ 2:20pm PDT  
  • I thought He was the Son of God. I must have missed something when reading the New Teatament

    Comment by Cal — Monday March 25, 2013 @ 2:29pm PDT  
  • @Hank — you’re thinking of Bill Nye the Science Guy. Whose only degree is in mechanical drawing.

    Comment by Jack Brooks — Monday March 25, 2013 @ 3:06pm PDT  
    • He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering which requires an understanding of core concepts including mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, materials science, structural analysis, and electricity. Mechanical engineers use these core principles along with tools like computer-aided engineering and product lifecycle management to design and analyze manufacturing plants, industrial equipment and machinery, heating and cooling systems, transport systems, aircraft, watercraft, robotics, medical devices, and others.

      Jesus was a carpenter who made stuff for the Romans until his followers betrayed him. That’s biblical fact.

      Comment by masanissa — Monday March 25, 2013 @ 9:25pm PDT  
      • What does “Biblical fact” mean? If you believe in the Bible, aren’t you supposed to believe everything in there is true? But if you discount certain things because they’re not scientifically possible, then…aren’t you picking and choosing what you “believe” in or what you claim is “fact?”

        Ooh, I can’t wait for your answer. Standing by!

        Comment by Straight Guy — Monday March 25, 2013 @ 9:57pm PDT  
  • Should make for an interesting production all around. Pull up those boots, Lisio.

    Comment by Hear, hear! — Monday March 25, 2013 @ 4:09pm PDT  
  • It’s nice to see that some things never change. They mocked Jesus on the cross and they’re still mocking Him now. Nastiness never goes out of vogue, I guess.

    Comment by Sean — Monday March 25, 2013 @ 7:43pm PDT  
    • Oh please.

      Comment by monique — Monday March 25, 2013 @ 10:33pm PDT  
  • I wonder if O’Reilly would be getting all this adaptation love if Nat Geo weren’t owned by News Corp??

    Comment by Jason Todd — Monday March 25, 2013 @ 9:12pm PDT  
    • probably. the Kennedy and Lincoln books were huge sellers. and the ratings of the Lincoln show were good for Nat Geo

      Comment by Rob — Tuesday March 26, 2013 @ 8:13am PDT  
  • i love jesus. what i am DEFINITELY NOT loving is this revolting ‘killing [fill in the blank]‘ franchise and the cynical partnership of O’Reilly with Ridley Scott (someone i had respect for). do you really need the money, Ridley?

    Comment by Anonymous — Tuesday March 26, 2013 @ 3:17pm PDT  
  • It’s obvious the power of Christ because of the reactionary comments made by some at the mention of His name. People have tried for 2000+ years to make Jesus irrelevant. How’s that worked out? He is worshiped still today by millions. Those who today want to destroy His message won’t be any more successful than the many who have gone before this generation. The actions of some have no bearing on His existence. None.

    Comment by Cheryl — Tuesday March 26, 2013 @ 3:48pm PDT  
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