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HBO is working on several new series, which is a good thing since their most popular series, ‘Game of Thrones’, will be ending soon. One of the new series in the works is ‘Raven’, based on the real life story of Jim Jones and the People’s Temple’s mass suicide on November 18, 1978 in which 918 adults and children died by committing suicide or were murdered at the command of Jones at their Guyana compound. The event, referred to as “The Jones Town Massacre”, is the largest mass suicide in history. Those who did not die from drinking the poisoned Kool-Aid were shot.
‘Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan is set to direct and executive produce ‘Raven’. At the moment it is unclear if the series will ave a single season run or be stretched out over multiple seasons. It will focus not only Jones, but other key characters as well.
This is not the first time the Jim Jones story has been featured in a film or series, so I am interested to see how HBO makes it unique. One of the best film’s to ever capture the event is Ti West’s ‘The Sacrament’ (2013). I strongly recommend that you see it, if you haven’t already.