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Old 11-08-21, 05:46 PM
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Jim Jones -- S: Leonardo DiCaprio

EXCLUSIVE: In a pre-emptive situation, MGM has secured a deal for the feature film project Jim Jones, with Leonardo DiCaprio in final talks to star as the 1970s religious cult leader who was behind the mass-Jonestown suicide on November 18, 1978 that took more than 900 lives. The Oscar winner will produce for his Appian Way company alongside Jennifer Davisson.

MGM scooped up the Scott Rosenberg-penned script in what we hear was a seven-figure deal. The Venom scribe will also executive produce Jim Jones.

Jones founded the Peoples Temple in Indianapolis in 1955, and hailed it as a fully integrated congregation promoting Christian Socialism. By the 1970s he openly rejected traditional Christianity and claimed that he was God. He constructed Jonestown in Guyana in 1974 and spurred a following to live with him there as he touted a socialist paradise free from U.S. government oppression. Amid rumors of human rights abuses, the U.S. government sent a delegation led by U.S. Representative Leo Ryan in November 1978. Ryan along with four other Jonestown defectors would eventually be gunned down by Jones’ followers. Following the shooting, Jones orchestrated a mass murder-suicide of his followers, which took 918 commune members, 304 of them children, in an act that entailed drinking Flavor Aid laced with cyanide.
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Re: Jim Jones -- S: Leonardo DiCaprio

One of the great Powers Boothe roles.
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Re: Jim Jones -- S: Leonardo DiCaprio

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One of the great Powers Boothe roles.
Boothe was destined to play Jones. It will be a tough act to follow.
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Re: Jim Jones -- S: Leonardo DiCaprio

I’ve never seen that one. I might have to track down a dvd.
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Boothe was destined to play Jones. It will be a tough act to follow.
Will it though? Hardly anyone will have a comparisson to draw from. But I'll definitely will check out his Jim Jones, since Boothe was a fantastic actor.
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Re: Jim Jones -- S: Leonardo DiCaprio

I'm having an old age moment. I read about Jonestown in the newspaper day-by-day as it happened. A congressman went to Guyana to investigate. The congressman was murdered. There were dozens of dead bodies. There were more bodies underneath those bodies, and it looked like hundreds were dead.

It made a lifelong impression on me, but now it's just history. The number of years from then to now is longer than the years from when I was a teenager reading about it to Pearl Harbor, and that was always ancient history to me.
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Re: Jim Jones -- S: Leonardo DiCaprio

Kool-aid is probably happy they’re using the correct Flavor-aid in the movie.

“Don’t drink the Flavor-aid” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it though.


I can see DiCaprio doing a great job of playing Jim Jones.
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Meh...

Prefer to see him do something else. They already made a movie out of this.



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Prefer to see him do something else. They already made a movie out of this.
I’ve got some bad news for you about World War II…
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Meh...

Prefer to see him do something else. They already made a movie out of this.
Yeah, but who the hell watched the The Guyana Tragedy starring Powers Boothe from 41 years ago that was a Made for TV movie? Unless you're 50 or older. Most of Leo's fans didn't.

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I'm up for watching this.
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Yeah, but who the hell watched the The Guyana Tragedy starring Powers Boothe from 41 years ago that was a Made for TV movie? Unless you're 50 or older. Most of Leo's fans didn't.





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Re: Jim Jones -- S: Leonardo DiCaprio

Is Leo going to get fat for this role?
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Is Leo going to get fat for this role?
The role's going to get thin for Leo.
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Leo is a lot taller than the real Jim Jones, but whatever...Powers Boothe was even taller than Leo.

Anyway, any director attached to this yet?
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Originally Posted by DJariya
Yeah, but who the hell watched the The Guyana Tragedy starring Powers Boothe from 41 years ago that was a Made for TV movie? Unless you're 50 or older. Most of Leo's fans didn't.
56 and have it on DVD!
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Is Leo going to get fat for this role?
Let's hope Leo doesn't go too method with this role
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56 and have it on DVD!
I'm 51 and I remember WATCHING it on TV.

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