HBO has a high-profile drama in the works from “Breaking Bad” mastermind Vince Gilligan and Michelle MacLaren, who was a producer and director on the acclaimed AMC series.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the new limited series, “Raven,” tracks the story of Jim Jones and the 1978 Jonestown tragedy. Octavia Spencer is on board as an executive producer and one of the show’s stars.
The project is based on the nonfiction book “Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People,” by Tim Reiterman, a journalist who survived Jonestown.
“‘Raven’ tells the definitive history of the Peoples Temple, from its idealistic beginnings to its terrible end in Jonestown,” THR reports. “The adaptation will focus on Jim Jones, but also on his followers, who, by and large, were ordinary people of good will. It tells the mysterious story of how so many of them came to give up their lives for this man.”