Killing Jesus (2015 film)

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Killing Jesus
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Promotional poster
Genre
Based onKilling Jesus
by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Written byWalon Green
Directed byChristopher Menaul
StarringHaaz Sleiman
Kelsey Grammer
Stephen Moyer
Emmanuelle Chriqui
John Rhys-Davies
Theme music composerTrevor Morris
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Producer(s)Ridley Scott
David W. Zucker
Mary Lisio
Teri Weinberg
Mark Huffam
CinematographyOusama Rawi
Editor(s)Xavier Russell
Running time132 minutes
Production company(s)Scott Free Productions
DistributorNational Geographic Channel
Release
Original networkNational Geographic Channel
Original releaseMarch 29, 2015[1]

Killing Jesus is an American television film inspired by the 2013 book of the same title by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. This is National Geographic's third installment of television adaptations of O'Reilly's non-fiction books which included Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy. The cast includes Haaz Sleiman, Kelsey Grammer, Stephen Moyer, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and John Rhys-Davies.[2]

It debuted on the National Geographic Channel on March 29, 2015.[1]

Premise[edit]

The film chronicles the life of Jesus of Nazareth through the retelling of the political, social, and historical conflicts during the Roman Empire that ultimately led to his death.[3] Jesus opposes the laws of Moses and announces their cancellation. Thus, he angers the traditional Jews such as Caiphas.

Cast[edit]

Development[edit]

In March 2014, it was announced Killing Jesus was being adapted into a four-hour miniseries, and Walon Green has been tapped to write and executive produce the project.[4] Also returning as executive producers are Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, and Mary Lisio, who previously produced Killing Kennedy. In August 2014, Christopher Menaul was attached to direct the miniseries.[5]

Reception[edit]

Viewership[edit]

On its premiere airing, the film was watched by 3.7 million viewers, averaging a 1.0 rating among adults in the 25-54 demographic. The viewership surpassed the record previously held by Killing Kennedy.[6][7]

Accolades[edit]

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2015 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Movie/Miniseries Killing Jesus Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Television Movie Nominated
2016 Satellite Awards Best Miniseries or Television Film Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hipes, Patrick (February 18, 2014). "'Killing Jesus' Premiere Date Set For March 29 On Nat Geo – Full Trailer". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 18, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Goldberg, Lesley (October 6, 2014). "Nat Geo's 'Killing Jesus' Cast Revealed (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  3. ^ Oldenburg, Ann (October 6, 2014). "Kesley Grammer, cast announced for 'Killing Jesus'". USA Today. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 17, 2014). "National Geographic's 'Killing Jesus' To Expand To 4 Hours, Walon Green To Write". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  5. ^ The Deadline Team (August 7, 2014). "Christopher Menaul To Direct 'Killing Jesus' For Nat Geo & Ridley Scott". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  6. ^ O'Connell, Michael (March 30, 2015). "'Killing Jesus' Nabs Nat Geo Ratings Record With 3.7 Million Viewers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  7. ^ Maglio, Tony (March 30, 2015). "'Killing Jesus' Slays Nat Geo Record With 3.7 Million Viewers". TheWrap. Retrieved March 30, 2015.

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