If you’ve ever fallen down a rabbit hole of awfulness online, then chances are you’ve stumbled on the Jonestown Massacre, a particularly horrific incident in human history. I’ll give you the cliff notes version. Jim Jones was the head of a religious organization known as the Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ. This group preached socialism and racial equality, and in 1978, became notorious when Jones and over 900 of his members (including 276 children) committed mass suicide in Guyana. Since that time, there has been evidence to prove that at least some of those “suicides” — especially those including the children — were actually murders, but that’s neither here nor there.
According to Variety, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and Breaking Bad director and executive producer Michelle MacLaren are developing a limited HBO series (along with Sony Pictures) based on the Jonestown Massacre. The series will be entitled Raven, and it “will follow the story of the Peoples Temple from its idealistic origins to it tragic ending in Jonestown in 1978.” Gilligan and MacLaren will be joined by Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer to executive produce this limited series.
While the Jonestown Massacre is quite the tragic subject matter, there’s no doubt that it’s quite the fertile ground on which to plant a limited series. There’s no word on how long the series is set to be, but given the recent trend, it’s not unreasonable to think that around 8 episodes could potentially be planned for this story.
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