Twisted New TV Show Looks At Cult Stand-Off That Shook The World

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In Waco, Texas, 1993, the FBI entered a deadly stand-off with the members of a small religious cult.

This lasted 51 days, and ended in a bloody, gun-slinging massacre.

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24 years ago this event shocked the world and, up until this day, the reasons behind its occurrence still remain wholly undisclosed.

An upcoming mini-series, simply titled Waco, will attempt to answer some lingering questions regarding the cult’s origins (they called themselves ‘the Branch Davidians‘) and what happened in those 51 days before the deadly shootout, as well as how they all ended up dying in the end.

The six-part TV show will also focus on the cult’s notorious leader, David Koresh – portrayed by a barely recognisable Taylor Kitsch (True Detective, Lone Survivor). Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals, Man of Steel) will also star as the FBI’s Head of Crisis Negotiation Unit.

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Here’s a little backstory on what the cult was all about:

The Branch Davidians originally came into existence back in the 1950’s, but it was David Koresh’s involvement that brought them fame. He joined the Branch Davidians in 1982, and claimed himself to be a God-sent prophet. He manipulated the minds of the members, controlled their actions and forced his followers to have sex with him. He also said that the women were required to serve as his ‘spiritual wives’.

Every member of the cult lived in a joined housing unit located in Waco, Texas, and, in 1993, nearly 80 members, including Koresh himself, were killed during a standoff with the US Government.

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Three fires broke out in different areas of the housing unit, all of which was captured on live TV at the time. The FBI revealed that the fires were deliberately set by members of the cult and – even though the FBI didn’t fire any shots that day – autopsy records confirmed that at least 20 cult members (including children) were shot, whilst a 3-year-old boy was stabbed. A medical examiner later revealed that these were most likely mercy killings done by the Branch Davidians themselves.

The series will be based on two biographies. A Place Called Waco, written by one of the Branch Davidian survivors, David Thibodeau, and Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator, written by Gary Noesner (who Michael Shannon will play in the show).

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Check out the trailer below:

John Leguizamo (Romeo + Juliet), Andrea Riseborough (Made in Dagenham), Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Melissa Benoist (Supergirl), Paul Sparks (Boardwalk Empire), Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire), Camryn Manheim (Criminal Minds), Julia Garner (Ozark) and Annika Marks (Mona Lisa Smile) will also star in the series, set to air in January 2018.

Let us know what you think in the comments!

Images via The Weinstein Company / Paramount Network

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