Vince Gilligan

Vince Gilligan, HBO to Develop Limited Series About Cult Leader Jim Jones

Infamous cult leader Jim Jones will be the subject of an HBO limited series from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan.

Per our sister site Deadline, the two-time Emmy winner (and Better Call Saul cocreator) will write and executive-produce Raven, which is based on the non-fiction book Raven: The Untold Story of Jim Jones and His People. Penned by journalist Tim Reiterman, who in the 1970s covered Reverend Jones and the Peoples Temple for the San Francisco Examiner, Raven has been described as the definitive history of the events that took place decades ago at Jonestown, the northwestern Guyana commune where Jones directed his followers in an orgy of suicide and murder.

The TV project, which also counts Breaking Bad executive producer/director Michelle MacLaren and actress Octavia Spencer (who had optioned the source material years ago) as its EPs, will focus on Jones as well as his followers, delving into the mystery of why more than 900 of them gave up their lives their leader.