HBO plans to dish the dirt on Scientology

HBO plans to dish the dirt on Scientology

American premium cable and satellite television network, Home Box Office (HBO) is planning to release an ‘explosive’ documentary on the Church of Scientology, based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright’s controversial book Going Clear.

According to this report, HBO collaborated with Oscar winner Alex Gibney on the film, and it will be released in 2015 – and HBO is already anticipating outrage from the cult, and a barrage of litigation.

“And this time,” HBO Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins said here, “We’ll be ready.”

If the doc is finished in time, it likely will be submitted to the Sundance Film Festival in January, Nevins said, adding:

HBO long has championed documentary film-making. It commissioned the Scientology project nearly two years ago, right after the book’s January 2013 publication, when frequent collaborator Gibney brought it to the network.

The film, which is expected to feature new revelations about the controversial religion and its famous followers Tom Cruise, pictured top. and John Travolta, almost certainly will draw an aggressive response from the notoriously litigious church.

We have probably 160 lawyers [looking at the film].

Wright’s book, which was met with a strong rebuttal from the Church of Scientology and “threatening letters from lawyers”, grew out of a profile on former Scientologist, director Paul Haggis, for The New Yorker.

It is reported here that as early as 1955, Scientology has catered to celebrities and artists, when L Ron Hubbard, the madman who concocted the cult launched “Project Celebrity” to target influential people become Scientologists.

Over the years, many notable actors, actresses and musicians have become cult members. They including John Travolta, Juliette Lewis, Kirstie Alley, Beck, Jenna Elfman and Tom Cruise. Cruise began advocating promoting Scientology  in 2004, vocally criticising psychiatry, claiming it was a “pseudoscience.”

The non-pseudoscience of Scientology holds that humans are immortal beings that have been infected with the souls of dead aliens, which are the root of humanity’s problems. L Ron Hubbard referred to the historical events causing the alien soul infection as a “space opera”, which included the story of an evil galactic ruler named Xenu.

According to the Hubbard, Xenu transported billions of frozen aliens to the planet Earth 75 million years ago, dropped them in volcanoes and destroyed them with explosives. After the aliens died, their souls (known as “Body Thetans”) lost their sense of free will and began inhabiting the bodies of humans.

20 responses to “HBO plans to dish the dirt on Scientology”

  1. Frits Holland says:

    Scientology tried to recruit Brad Pitt, but when they tried explaining Xenu, SPs & what not, he was too focused on eating a sandwich.

  2. Dave Eaton says:

    How so called educated / intelligent people can believe in such crap is beyond me. The same applies to all those who blindly subscribe to all the other myths and magic. I presume the reason is mainly due to the brainwashing they have received from a young age.

  3. Chad says:

    I daren’t comment on this as I can’t afford to be sued into oblivion by a bunch of extremely litigious fuckwits. Ooooops.

  4. barriejohn says:

    How can people believe all this fictitious, sci-fi nonsense which Hubbard obviously concocted himself? It’s like someone claiming that a spirit in outer space somewhere appeared on earth in order to impregnate a woman whom he had chosen, just so that she could have a “divine” son who could walk on water, materialize as he wished, turn water into wine, raise people from the dead…oh, wait minute.

  5. Brian Jordan says:

    Elron Hubbard a madman? Conman, more like. Accomplished, too.

  6. jay says:

    The Catholic church could learn something from these guys: if people criticize you or point out illegal activities, just sue the hell out of them. But the Church has ‘fallen’ a long way since the inquisition days…

  7. barriejohn says:

    Jay: You’re quite right. Like Robert Maxwell and a lot of other crooks and very shady characters whose activities went largely unreported due to the issuing of injunctions, and threats of legal action. Tme to call their bluff in this case.

  8. Rob Andrews says:

    The problem is that new initiates arn’t told the full extent of the belief system when the first join. Most Scientology lower ranks can truley deny the ‘UFO and 33 planets things’ when confrunted by non-believers. This further isolates them from the secular world and leads to further feeling of alienation. “See how they lie about us”, I heard this from Scientologists. or “you don’t understand anything about us”.

    And of course they prey on lonely and isolated people, like the homeless. I took aid from religious groups when i was homeless in the 1970s. There food is as good as anybodies.

    Link TV in the US also did a good program on them.

    Im not a sheep, so I don’t need a shepard.

  9. tonye says:

    What, a made up religion?

    Whatever next!!

  10. AgentCormac says:

    L Ron Hubbard – a mediocre sci-fi author, but probably the most honest religious charlatan of them all.

    ‘Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wanted to make a million dollars, the best way to do it would be start his own religion.’

  11. Rob Andrews says:

    ‘if a man really wanted to make a million dollars, the best way to do it is to start your own religion’.

    And then to hang on to that money get tax exept status by calling it a religion. they fought hard with the IRS for that, during the 1960s. That why it’s called ‘the church’ of scientology…Taken from the Link TV documentary

  12. Jim Wooden says:

    In 100 years Scientology can be as “legitimate” as Mormonism, or in 2000 years like Christianity. Unless we call BS on all of them, right now.

  13. 1859 says:

    I wonder if they too offer magic undies? I mean with all those alien souls floating about from volcanoes I need some protection!

    What shite will people NOT believe?

  14. Robster says:

    Err..come on. Nothing is quite as entertaining as scientologists trying to explain scientology to non-scientologists, trying to make it sound sort of potentially credible. It’s entertaining too, comparing it to the other batsh*t crazy religions (most of them really) without falling all over the place in embarrassment while trying to keep a straight face.

  15. Jobrag says:

    Dave Eaton, I think that people will believe anything that offers something other than the finality of death, once you have accepted that death is death, game over, you’re immune to to the siren call of the men in frocks.

  16. Newspaniard says:

    The crazy thing about USA law is that if you successfully defend yourself against loony organizations like this, you still lose because you don’t get your defence costs back. So the loonies achieve their objectives anyway. Ho Hum.

  17. jay says:

    Newspaniard–actually you can sue for legal costs, and get paid depending on circumstances of the case.

  18. Paul Cook says:

    In central London the COS used to have several places close to the universities of London. The sign outside was very helpful in knowing how this religion could help you it wrote – ‘Free Persoanlity Test’. Why would you need one? To see how imperfect you were as long as you were gullible and able to remove yourself from your family and start paying them all your money and transfer all your wealth. That is how the CoS gets members – brainwashing.
    Courts in the UK have referred to the CoS as a cult – for reasons which are obvious – what I don’t understand is how they call themselves a religion when a science fiction writer creates a religion based upon his fictional books.

  19. zombiehunter says:

    Brad Pitt said no to scientology?? I can forgive world war z now 😛

    In all seriousness good on HBO for commiting to this documentary I just hope they don’t wuss out at the last minute for fear of being sued

  20. dennis says:

    Jobrag, you have simply stated the single truth ” death is death ” now religious freaks get over it.