walongreenEXCLUSIVE: After two very successful movies, National Geographic‘s Killing movie franchise is adding a miniseries. The third installment in the series, Killing Jesus, will be a four-hour mini. Law & Order veteran Walon Green has been tapped to write and executive produce the project, based on the book Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Nat Geo is expected to make the announcement at the network’s upfront presentation killingjesusfulltomorrow in New York. Returning for Killing Jesus is the team behind the Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy movies: executive producers O’Reilly and Scott Free Productions’ Ridley Scott, David Zucker and Mary Lisio.

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O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus, which chronicles the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion, was published in September. Like the previous entries in Nat Geo’s Killing franchise, Killing Jesus will combine historical insights with dramatic storytelling. natgeo1__130717220236-200x104The mini is expected to begin production this summer for a 2015 premiere globally on National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and 45 languages. For National Geographic Channels, exec producers are Howard T. Owens, Charlie Parsons and Teri Weinberg. Last year’s Killing Kennedy became the most-watched program in Nat Geo’s history and garnered SAG, WGA, DGA and PGA Award nominations.

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"A Bible sequel is in the works." Heaven, The Final Chapter? Are they going to claim that...
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Ya gotta love Bill O, having his name above Jesus on the cover.

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Religion-themed event programming is red-hot right now on the heels of the blockbuster success of History’s The Bible miniseries. A Bible sequel is in the works at NBC, and WGN America recently greenlighted a Ten Commandments event series. Green is repped by ICM Partners.