HBO Series ‘Raven’ In The Works Based On Jim Jones & The Jones Town Massacre

October 11, 2016

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:

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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.


FILE - This Jan. 1976 photo shows the Rev. Jim Jones, pastor of peoples Temple in San Francisco. The cremated remains of nine victims of a 1978 mass cult suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, have turned up in a former funeral home in Delaware, officials said Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. The state Division of Forensic Science has taken possession of the remains and is working to make identifications and notify relatives, the agency and Dover police said in a statement. On Nov. 18, 1978, Jones orchestrated a ritual of mass murder and suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. Bodies of 911 massacre victims were brought to Dover Air Force Base, home to the U.S. military's largest mortuary. Many of the bodies were decomposed and could not be identified. (AP Photo/File)




‘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.


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