Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever, based on the bestseller written by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, will be produced by O’Reilly, Tony and Ridley Scott, and is set to air globally on the National Geographic Channel in early 2013.
The two-hour documentary event will begin production this spring, and will combine rare historical archives and CGI re-enactments to tell the story of John Wilkes Booth’s assassination of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln.
“National Geographic has a great legacy of telling some of history’s most riveting stories,” said O’Reilly, the anchor of The O’Reilly Factor and political commentator. “The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln is no exception, as it continues to be one of the most significant, life-changing events in America’s young history.”
Tony and Ridley Scott will produce under their Scott Free Productions company.
“National Geographic Channel is the perfect partner for us to bring Bill O’Reilly’s dynamic Killing Lincoln to the screen,” said Scott. “We are excited to share with audiences this epic and thrilling story surrounding Lincoln’s assassination, one of the most notorious crimes in American history.”
“There is so much to this story that Bill O’Reilly captures in his book that I know will captivate our audience,” added National Geographic Channel president Howard T. Owens. “Using contemporary storytelling methods that are the hallmark of what the Scott brothers are known for will transform this popular best-seller into a global television event for our network.”