In the same week former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly revealed his latest “Killing” book, National Geographic Channel has said it is passing on adapting one of his earlier books into a film.
The network has scrapped plans to turn Killing Patton into a movie. “It was in development for a couple of years and it was difficult project to crack creatively,” a NatGeo spokesperson said in a statement. “Like most projects in development, it didn’t go the distance, so we passed on it.”
NatGeo had turned three other “Killing” books Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus, into films for the cable channel, which is a corporate sibling of Fox News Channel, where O’Reilly worked for 20 years.
O’Reilly’s run at Fox News came to an end April 19 after the network determined that “a thorough and careful review of allegations against him” made his future untenable.
O’Reilly announced that his latest Killing book–his seventh–Killing England, will be out Sept. 19, with three more on the way. When we caught up with him in his office last summer, he was signing copies of Killing the Rising Sun
The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news.