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PASADENA, Calif.--A&E will team with actor Jake Gyllenhaal to develop an anthology series that will look at American cults, the company announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour.
The inaugural season of the series -- executive produced by Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker (Beasts of No Nation, The Kids Are All Right) and produced by their company Nine Stories Productions in association with A+E Studios – will focus on Jim Jones and his cult The Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ, said the network.
“Riva and I founded Nine Stories to push creative limits, and have found a wonderful partner in A&E with this fascinating series,” said Gyllenhaal in a statement. “Jim Jones is a complex character – one who has found his way into the collective unconscious. We want to focus on the undeniable magnatism of zealots and the danger of that kind of charisma. A notion not only pertinent to cult leaders but to the geo-political climate of today."