HBO Is Working On An In-Depth Documentary On Scientology And Its Celebrity Following - 2014-11-24
And the network will be prepared for the litigious onslaught they'll most likely face from the Church of Scientology. HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins told The Hollywood Reporter, "We have probably 160 lawyers [looking at the film]."
The documentary is based on Lawrence Wright's 2013 book, Going Clear, which arose from his controversial 2011 New Yorker interview with filmmaker Paul Haggis, a former longtime Scientologist who left the church in 2009. Going Clear was also a National Book Award finalist. The book has faced some major opposition from the church; its UK publisher, Transworld, dropped it after fearing they would face a lawsuit, and the book never saw the light of day in the U.K.