National Geographic Channel said today its latest fourth Killing franchise movie, Killing Reagan, will premiere on Sunday, October 16 at 8 PM. The pic, based on the bestselling book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard and produced by Scott Free Productions, stars Tim Matheson as Ronald Reagan and Cynthia Nixon as Nancy Reagan.
Nat Geo’s previous franchise pics — Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus — are the network’s three most-watched programs of all time. Killing Reagan will air globally in early 2017 on National Geographic-branded channels in 171 countries and 45 languages.
At the movie’s TCA session over the weekend, the filmmakers said they will largely avoid the controversy spawned by the book’s suggestion that Ronald Reagan suffered intellectual decline after the 1981 assassination attempt on his life by John Hinkley Jr. “We deal with the assassination attempt in a limited way,” screenwriter Eric Simonson told TV critic. The “limited way” doesn’t include O’Reilly’s depiction of Reagan’s dementia. Rod Lurie directed the pic from a script written by Eric Simonson.
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