National Geographic Channel has announced its next telemovie based in its “Killing” series will be Killing Reagan.
Based on the new book from Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, Killing Reagan, follows from previous projects Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus.
Killing Reagan takes a different approach than its predecessors, exploring how the attempted assassination on the recently elected president impacted his presidency.
A press release notes, ‘Reaching back to the golden days of Hollywood, where Reagan found both fame and heartbreak, up through his years in the California governor’s mansion and finally to the White House, Killing Reagan goes in-depth on the president’s rise to power that was nearly cut short after a gunman’s bullet came within inches of his heart.’
“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 Bill 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. 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’s president of original programming and production in the US, Tim Pastore. “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 in the US, provides an opportunity to not only look back, but to see where it has brought us today.”
Killing Reagan will begin pre-production later this year and will premiere globally in 2016 in 171 countries including Australia.