Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Lee Daniels' Richard Pryor Biopic Is Officially Ready to Go (Mike Epps, Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Hudson) Lee Daniels' Richard Pryor Biopic Is Officially Ready to Go (Mike Epps, Eddie Murphy, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Hudson) Righting a Past Wrong? Academy to Present Spike Lee with Honorary Oscar Righting a Past Wrong? Academy to Present Spike Lee with Honorary Oscar African-American Female Team Produce Indie Horror Film ‘The Dark Rite’ African-American Female Team Produce Indie Horror Film ‘The Dark Rite’ Viola Davis Says She Will Star in a Film Adaptation of 'Fences' Directed by Denzel Washington Viola Davis Says She Will Star in a Film Adaptation of 'Fences' Directed by Denzel Washington Vin Diesel Says He's Returning for a 'xXx' Threequel - Filming to Start in December Vin Diesel Says He's Returning for a 'xXx' Threequel - Filming to Start in December Updates on Steve McQueen's "Epic" Series Centered on a Black Community in London, Over 3 Decades Updates on Steve McQueen's "Epic" Series Centered on a Black Community in London, Over 3 Decades This Is What Angela Bassett and Naomi Campbell Will Look Like in 'American Horror Story: Hotel' This Is What Angela Bassett and Naomi Campbell Will Look Like in 'American Horror Story: Hotel' Quentin Tarantino Says 'The Hateful Eight' Will Be Timely & Will Tackle White Supremacy Quentin Tarantino Says 'The Hateful Eight' Will Be Timely & Will Tackle White Supremacy But What About Black Superheroines, You Ask? Watch Episode 1 of CW Seed's Vixen Series But What About Black Superheroines, You Ask? Watch Episode 1 of CW Seed's Vixen Series Watch: First Look at Season Three of 'Hit the Floor' Watch: First Look at Season Three of 'Hit the Floor' Brad Pitt's Plan B + 'Ex Machina' Distribution Company Team up for Barry Jenkins' 'Moonlight' Brad Pitt's Plan B + 'Ex Machina' Distribution Company Team up for Barry Jenkins' 'Moonlight' Jay Ellis and Yvonne Orji Join Issa Rae in 'Insecure' for HBO Jay Ellis and Yvonne Orji Join Issa Rae in 'Insecure' for HBO Tupac Shakur Facebook Page Posts Cryptic Message on Upcoming "Special Announcement." Biopic News? Tupac Shakur Facebook Page Posts Cryptic Message on Upcoming "Special Announcement." Biopic News? Weekend B.O. Aug 21-23 (F. Gary Gray Becomes a Prominent Member of the $100 Million Black Directors Club) Weekend B.O. Aug 21-23 (F. Gary Gray Becomes a Prominent Member of the $100 Million Black Directors Club) Mapping Brutality: How Last Year’s 'Belle' Perfectly Explains White America's Response to Racism Mapping Brutality: How Last Year’s 'Belle' Perfectly Explains White America's Response to Racism Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... AFM News: Danny Glover, Derek Luke Will Play Prison Inmates In 3D Drama 'Long Day Journey' AFM News: Danny Glover, Derek Luke Will Play Prison Inmates In 3D Drama 'Long Day Journey'

Octavia Spencer Options Award-Winning Tome 'The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones & His People'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act October 26, 2012 at 10:58AM

Interesting... it wouldn't be the first book I'd expect her to option, but still an interesting choice.
6
Octavia Spencer - Credit: Thomas Whiteside, Alexi Lubomirski/Elle
Octavia Spencer - Credit: Thomas Whiteside, Alexi Lubomirski/Elle

Interesting... it wouldn't be the first book I'd expect her to option, but still an interesting choice.

I lifted the below paragraph from the November issue of Elle magazine (with Sarah Jessica Parker on the cover; their "Women In Hollywood" issue): 

What she really wants to do is produce. "George Clooney - yes I'm dropping a name - told me to find projects, work with the best," Spencer says. She just optioned Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People. "I thought it was time for people to understand where that phrase, 'don't drink the Kool-aid' actually came from. There are so many parts in it. I don't want to have to carry the weight of anything. I want to share the load. I want to be always part of an ensemble."

Again, an interesting choice, as well as her revelation that she's not exactly keen on carrying a film, and would seemingly rather be one piece of a larger puzzle.

As for the book... it's an award-winning 700-page tome, penned by Tim Reiterman, published in 2008, and is said to be the definitive history of the Rev. Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and the murderous ordeal at Jonestown 30 years ago.

The book explores the ideals-gone-wrong, the intrigue, and the grim realities behind the Peoples Temple and its implosion in the jungle of South America. Reiterman’s reportage clarifies enduring misperceptions of the character and motives of Jim Jones, the reasons why people followed him, and the important truth that many of those who perished at Jonestown were victims of mass murder rather than suicide.

Untold Story

Over 900 people died on that tragic day in November 1978. 

Spencer doesn't say much more about the option; a lot still has to happen before it becomes a movie, or whatever her plans might be for it (it could be a TV mini-series as well, given the scope of the work and real-life events the book is based on).

She obviously wouldn't star, but I'd guess that her role will be significant, maybe as one of the Peoples Temple members...???

But glad to see Ms Spencer taking charge of her career, instead of waiting for projects to come to her.

She has several films at various stages of development, scheduled to be out in the next 12 to 24 months - a starring role in Diablo Cody’s directing debut; and a project I'm really looking forward to, Joon-ho Bong's thriller Snowpiercer (he directed the awesome South Korean creature feature The Host), to the Forest Whitaker-producer Oscar Grant project, Fruitvale, as well as the feature film adaptation of David E. Talbert's Baggage Claim.

Also, already in theaters, the adaptation of Del Shores’ 2003 critically-acclaimed, award-winning play titled The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife, titled Blues For Willadean.

This article is related to: Octavia Spencer


Shadow & ActNewsletter