Jake Gyllenhaal Anthology Series in the Works at A&E

First season of show about cults will focus on Jim Jones

A&E is developing a new anthology series to be executive produced by Jake Gyllenhaal.

The series will explore the world of cults and the provocative nature of belief each season. The first season will focus on American cult leader Jim Jones and his group The Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ.

Gyllenhaal will executive produce with Riva Marker (“Beasts of No Nation,” “The Kids Are All Right”) through their company Nine Stories Productions, which will produce in association with A+E Studios.

“Riva and I founded Nine Stories to push creative limits, and have found a wonderful partner in A&E with this fascinating series,” Gyllenhaal said in a statement. “Jim Jones is a complex character – one who has found his way into the collective unconscious.  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 leaders but to the geo-political climate of today.”

No casting or premiere date were announced for Season 1.