Over the years, there have been many attempts to expose every deep, dark Scientology secret that can be uncovered, but somehow, that Hubbard always wins. Shake your fists at the sky with me, people. Maybe this time, they’ve met their match.
Oscar winning writer/director Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, The Armstrong Lie, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) has teamed with HBO to make a Scientology documentary based on Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear. Gibney brought the idea to HBO prior to the book being published, and HBO says they hope to have the nearly finished film make its Sundance debut this coming January. But first they’re having “probably 160 lawyers” look over Gibney’s work. Probably? Does that mean they’ve already lost track of some of them? Well, we started with 200…
Those who have told their tales before either seem to back away or, if they manage to successfully speak out, to fade away (see: Paul Haggis). It’s consistently impressive that a religion with this kind of backstory can basically suppress anyone who speaks against it. Heck, even the pope doesn’t send lawyers after his every detractor. By the same token, do we still need a film to expose more of Tom Cruise and John Travolta’s secrets? We’ve already heard plenty of wacky stories, and Breaking Clear is out there, and we still kinda love the guys and watching their movies (Cruise was legitimately FUNNY in Edge of Tomorrow — or whatever the fork they’re calling that movie now).
Though Wright’s already been dealing with lawyer letters, HBO says they’re “ready.” Okay guys. Just, you know, don’t do anything that’ll hold up the Game of Thrones premiere.