Emmy winner Geoff Zanelli has signed onto National Geographic’s November TV movie Killing Kennedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
The composer will join Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin in the TV movie project. Zanelli, who won an Emmy in 2006 for his score to the TNT miniseries Into the West, was also nominated for scoring 2010’s HBO miniseries The Pacific, another foray into American history that reteamed him. Steven Spielberg executive produced the HBO project.
Zanelli’s other credits include The Odd Life of Timothy Green and 2007’s Shia LaBeouf thriller Disturbia.
Killing Kennedy is National Geographic’s follow-up to Killing Lincoln, which aired in February to record viewership for the channel. Both TV movies are based on books by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and are produced by Ridley Scott, who is an Emmy winner for producing the 2011 History Channel special Gettysburg.
Nelson McCormick will direct from a script written by Kelly Masterson, based from O’Reilly’s book.