If you write it, we will come.
Those words apparently resemble what the National Geographic Channel has told Fox News talking head/"historian" Bill O'Reilly, whose upcoming book "Killing Jesus: A History" has been purchased by the network to be developed into a telepicture.
This is the third of his "Killing" series, with the first, Killing Lincoln, having aired in February at the network to fantastic ratings, doing 3.4 million viewers in its initial run. That picture starred Billy Campbell as President Abraham Lincoln and Jesse Johnson as John Wilkes Booth, pulled a record 3.4 million viewers to the cable network.
Now the network is in pre-production on a picture based on his second novel (and yes, they are novels), "Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot."
"I think the popularity of Bill's franchise speaks about how O'Reilly and [Martin] Dugard are turning the notch up at every possible opportunity with these new accounts of history," NGC president Howard T. Owens said. "Killing Lincoln proved our audience's response to factual drama. The audacity of these books is in the way Bill thinks and tells a story. We think it fits really well with the history of the bible, and we've had a lot of success in the religious genre."
"This is the big one," O'Reilly said of Killing Jesus. "We really like working with Nat Geo and Scott Free because the B.S. component is very small. These guys are right on my wavelength. We get a good screenplay, we shoot it and we put it on."