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NGC ropes in Christopher Menaul to direct global special ‘Killing Jesus’

MUMBAI: Infotainment broadcaster National Geographic Channel has signed on UK-based director Christopher Menaul to direct the upcoming three-hour television event ‘Killing Jesus’ by Scott Free Productions.

‘Killing Jesus’ is expected to premiere globally on National Geographic Channel next year in 171 countries and 45 languages, and in Spanish on Nat Geo Mundo.

‘Killing Jesus’, currently in pre-production, is scheduled to begin shooting this year under Menaul’s direction with a teleplay from screenwriter Walon Green.

Menaul has worked extensively in television for more than 30 years, much of it in the UK. He said, “I’m thrilled to be joining the teams at National Geographic Channel and Scott Free to bring ‘Killing Jesus’ to life. We’re already hard at work in pre-production, and feel confident we can repeat the incredible worldwide success of the previous two films in this franchise.”

‘Killing Jesus’ is from the same team behind the Emmy-nominated ‘Killing Kennedy’, including executive producers O’Reilly, Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Mary Lisio, Teri Weinberg and Charlie Parsons. For National Geographic Channel, executive VP of programming and strategy Heather Moran also joins as an executive producer.

Moran said, “Finding a new way to tell this extraordinary story is a challenge that we relish. We are thrilled to add Christopher and his distinctive vision to our team. Our aim is to tell the story of Jesus in an authentic, balanced and innovative way that will captivate viewers and provoke discussion.”

Based on the best-selling book by O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, the film chronicles the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth, arguably the most influential man who ever lived. Jesus lived at a time when the Roman Empire dominated the Western world, and made powerful enemies while preaching a philosophy of peace and love. More than 2.2 billion people follow his teachings to this day.