National Geographic Channel in the US and Ridley Scott will produce a TV movie about the assassination of John F Kennedy, working from a recent book by Bill O’Reilly.
Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot will be produced by Nat Geo and Scott Free Productions.
The two-hour ‘factual drama’ is based on the book of the same name co-authored by O’Reilly, best known to US TV audiences for his show on the Fox News network, and Martin Dugard. It recounts the 1963 assassination of the US president and the country’s resulting cultural changes.
Nat Geo and Scott Free have gone together down the presidential assassination road once before, and next month will air their two-part Killing Lincoln.
“The common parallels between Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy are astonishing, with both assassinations profoundly changing the nation during crucial moments in its history,” said O’Reilly.
The channel last year also hastily commissioned and aired the TV movie Seal Team Six, about the US soldiers who killed Osama bin Laden.
The success of that project and the anticipation over Lincoln made the Kennedy project a “no-brainer,” said channel president Howard Owens. “We are claiming a stake in producing factual dramas, delivering entertainment with substance,” he said.
Production on Kennedy will start this spring, combining archival and dramatic footage.