‘Breaking Bad’ creator announces new TV series about cult leader Jim Jones

'Raven' is Vince Gilligan’s first major show since ‘Better Call Saul’

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has confirmed his first TV series since Better Call Saul.

Since Breaking Bad ended in 2013, Gilligan has overseen the show’s spin-off series Better Call Saul, with his only show away from the Breaking Bad characters being police comedy Battle Creek, which lasted for one series in 2015 before it was cancelled by CBS.

Giliigan’s new series, Raven , focuses on cult leader Jim Jones. Jones founded the Peoples Temple cult, which murdered Democrat congressman Leo Ryan in 1978 before 918 of its members were killed in a mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. Nearly 300 children of Peoples Cult members died at Jonestown, mostly from cyanide poisoning. Jones committed suicide during the mass deaths.


There will be three other executive producers on Raven, which has been bought by HBO. Michelle MacLaren was also a producer on Breaking Bad, while The Help actress Octavia Spencer bought the TV rights to the book Raven is based on several years ago.

The third executive producer is Raven author Tim Reiterman, whose book documented the story of Peoples Cult. Despite her role as executive producer, it’s not thought Spencer will act in the show, with no casting yet announced.