A mini-series adaptation of Stanley Nelson’s powerful and award-winning documentary

JONESTOWN: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PEOPLES TEMPLE, tells the story of the people who followed Jim Jones from Indiana to California and finally to the remote jungles of Guyana where over 900 members of Peoples Temple died in the largest mass suicide/murder in modern history.

Over 30 years later, JONESTOWN remains something of a mystery and a cautionary tale to the broader public. Through his film, Stanley manages to bring a human face to a tragedy that’s become synonymous with and, in many cases reduced to, the phrase “don’t drink the Kool-Aid.” We aim to take a similarly humanistic approach to the mini-series, which would afford us the opportunity to explore member experiences in much greater depth. Rather than making a biopic about Jim Jones, we envision a TRAFFIC-style story in which we follow what happened with the Peoples Temple from Ukiah to the eventual tragedy in Guyana from multiple perspectives — a member of Jones’s inner circle, a concerned family member who’s not part of the church, the reporter who breaks the story that sends Jones and his flock down to Guyana, Congressman Leo Ryan, and a member of the church who escapes the mass suicide along with their family.

Producer(s): Kisha Cameron-Dingle, Krista Parris
Executive Producer/Consultant: Stanley Nelson
Associate Producer: Marcia A. Smith
Status: In Development
Genre: Mini-Series