The first season will focus on infamous Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones
Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Jake Gyllenhaal’s heading to TV: The Southpaw star has partnered with A&E to develop an anthology series that will focus on a different American cult persona each season, with the first revolving around Jim Jones.

Gyllenhaal and Beasts of No Nation producer Riva Marker are set to executive-produce the show, which will follow how Jones ended up becoming a deranged, dangerous leader who ultimately encouraged over 900 people to take their own lives in what is commonly referred to as the Jonestown Massacre of 1978.

WANT MORE EW? Subscribe now to keep up with the latest in movies, television, and music.

“Jim Jones is a fascinating character — one who has found his way into the collective unconscious,” Gyllenhaal said in a statement. “We want to focus on the undeniable magnetism of zealots and the danger of that kind of charisma. A notion not only pertinent to cult leaaders but to the geo-political climate of today.”