Leonardo DiCaprio is in final negotiations to star in and produce MGM’s upcoming feature on Jamestown cult leader Jim Jones.
The appropriately titled Jim Jones is penned by Scott Rosenberg (Venom) and will be produced by DiCaprio alongside Jennifer Davisson for their Appian Way production company. Rosenberg will also serve as executive producer (via Deadline).
Jones founded the religious cult that would become the People’s Temple in Indianapolis in 1955. In 1974, he constructed Jonestown in the country of Guyana, which he touted as a socialist paradise free from government oppression. Following a run-in with the US government in 1978, he orchestrated a mass murder-suicide by encouraging his followers to drink Flavor Aid laced with cyanide. In total, 918 members, including Jones himself, perished.
Before he becomes Jim Jones, DiCaprio co-stars with Jennifer Lawrence in the end-of-the-world comedy Don’t Look Up, due out in theaters and Netflix on Christmas Eve. He also recently wrapped filming on Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated adaptation of Killers of the Flower Moon, which is set for release later in 2022.