Leonardo DiCaprio is now in final negotiations to appear in Jim Jones, a feature film produced by MGM. Jennifer Davisson and the Academy award will finance the film for their Appian Way Company.
As per Deadline, Jim Jones is inspired upon that 1970s religious cult leader who has been responsible for the Jonestown mass suicide, that claimed the lives of over 900 people on November 18, 1978.
Jones established the Peoples Temple in Indianapolis in 1955, hailing this as a completely integrated Christian Socialism congregation. He publicly renounced orthodox Christianity and claimed to be God by the 1970s.
In 1974, he built Jonestown in Guyana and drew a crowd to live with him anyway as he promoted a socialist utopia free of US government persecution. In November 1978, the US government dispatched a mission led by US Representative Leo Ryan in response to allegations of human rights violations. Jones’ disciples will ultimately assassinate Ryan and four other people. Following the incident, Jones arranged a mass murder-suicide of his followers, killing 918 commune members, 304 of whom were children, inside an act involving the consumption of cyanide-laced Flavor Aid.
The Scott Rosenberg-penned script was allegedly acquired for a seven-figure sum by MGM. Jim Jones will be executive produced by him as well. Beautiful Girls, Con Air, High Fidelity, Gone in 60 Seconds, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, as well as Jumanji: The Next Level are among Rosenberg’s movie writing credits. He’s also an executive producer on such a number of projects, including the forthcoming miniseries Citadel, Epix/From, MGM’s Netflix’s live-action series Cowboy Bebop, as well as Hulu’s High Fidelity.
Furthermore, Leondardo DiCaprio is set to feature with Jennifer Lawrence, Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep, as well as Ariana Grande in Netflix’s Adam McKay comedy Don’t Look Up. He also has a role in Apple Originals Films’ Killers of the Flower Moon, directed by Martin Scorsese.
DiCaprio has indeed been nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning Best Actor in 2016 for The Revenant.