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.