Should there be an updated biopic on head of Peoples Temple, the late Reverend Jim Jones?

Ben Affleck, John Travolta, Jake Gyllenhaal, Johnny Deep, or even Charlie Sheen (Charlie Sheen would be a reach) are couple of actors that could play Jim Jones in an updated biopic.

The film could be directed by Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola or Frank Marshall.

Should there be an updated biopic on the Jim Jones/Jonestown/ Peoples Temple story? The 1980 made for T.V. miniseries called Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, starring Powers Boothe, as Jim Jones was a great movie.

This is a part of of U.S. history. A lot of younger adults do not remember this tragic story in American history. This was the largest mass suicide and murder in U.S. history. The updated movie should show Jim Jones up bringing as a child to teen to adult, his movement from Indiana, San Francisco, to Guyana. The movie should also show his behavior in adultery, homosexuality, his associations with spiritual leader Father Divine, Rev. William M. Branham, Indianapolis Democratic Mayor Charles Boswell, Governor of California Jerry Brown, high ranking San Francisco government official Harvey Milk, to his involvement in the assassination of U.S. congressman Leo Ryan and the death of 912 ( 276 being children) United States civilans in Jonestown, Guyana. The movie should also show the aftermath of the survivors of Jamestown.

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  • 7 years ago
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    There have been numerous proposals pitched to (and through) various actors and directors and screen writers to develop a commercially-viable film about Peoples Temple and Jim Jones, and so far, no one has bitten. There are a couple of reasons for this: It is a downbeat story, and lots of studios don't see the value of a downbeat story; it's a complicated story, with much more nuance than many studios realize that they can present; but most of all, studios look at how well books on the subject have sold and realize, there isn't really a mass market for this story.

    Finally, there have been several attempts to make documentaries on the subject, and most of them have failed to capture the dynamics of Peoples Temple, its leader and -- most importantly -- its followers. The only exception is the American Experience film, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, made around 2005. Studios recognize this as well.

    BTW: There were 918 people who died that day, and 304 were children (that is, under 18).

    Source(s): I am the manager of the Jonestown/Peoples Temple website at
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