Tony and Ridley Scott are adapting Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's best-seller Killing Lincoln:The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever for the National Geographic channel.
The two-hour documentary will be produced by the Scott brothers through Scott Free Productions. O'Reilly will be an executive producer.
The documentary, which is planned for an air date early in 2013 on the National Geographic Channel, goes into production this spring. It will use dramatic re-enactments, rare historical archives and CGI.
O’Reilly said: “National Geographic has a great legacy of telling some of history’s most riveting stories. 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. Ridley and Tony Scott are incredible directors, producers and amazing storytellers with the ability to bring this story to life in a way no one else can.”
O'Reilly presents Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, the highest-rated cable news show in the country.
Scott Free Productions is also developing a drama exploring diamond trading with AMC. Their History Channel documentary Gettysburg came out last year.