Bill O’Reilly just continues to kill presidents, much to the delight of National Geographic Channel.
The cable network will continue its successful partnership with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions to produce the next movie based on the brand new O’Reilly and Martin Dugard book, “Killing Reagan,” which was published Tuesday by Henry Holt and Company.
The network’s three most-watched programs ever were the O’Reilly adaptations “Killing Lincoln,” “Killing Kennedy” and “Killing Jesus.”
“Killing Reagan” takes a different approach than its predecessors, as the 1981 assassination attempt on Reagan was unsuccessful. The book and TV movie will go all the way back to the former president’s Hollywood days.
The film will begin preproduction later this fall and premiere next year on NGC in the United States, globally in 171 countries in 45 languages, and in Spanish on Nat Geo Mundo.
Executive producers are Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Mary Lisio and O’Reilly. Co-executive producer is Clayton Kreuger.
“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,” said O’Reilly. “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.”
“Scott Free has had great working experiences with the National Geographic Channel and Bill O’Reilly from the outset, so we’re really pleased that we can continue the relationship,” added Ridley Scott. “We’re very proud of the programs we have produced together and look forward to collaborating once more.”
“Our audience has proven to have a real appetite for compelling, authentic stories. As we prepare to air our four-hour movie event ‘Saints & Strangers’ later this fall, we are excited to continue our momentum in the scripted genre by adding this fourth collaboration with Bill O’Reilly and Scott Free to our slate,” said NGC President Tim Pastore.
He concluded: “No matter what political party you side with, there is no doubt Ronald Reagan’s presidency has had a lasting impact on global policies in our modern world. Presenting this story, especially during what’s sure to be a heated election year, provides an opportunity to not only look back, but to see where it has brought us today.”