HBO and BBC battling to get full-length films about Scientology out first - 2014-11-24
Alex Gibney and Louis Theroux — who will be first? The Hollywood Reporter spilled the beans this morning, so now we can say what we've known about for more than a year — that Alex Gibney, perhaps the best documentary filmmaker in the business, is finishing up a movie for HBO about Scientology, and he's hoping to get it into the Sundance film festival in January.
Your proprietor sat down for a two-hour on-camera interview with Gibney earlier this year, and we'll be interested to see if any of it makes the final cut.
Gibney's project started out as a documentary based on Lawrence Wright's 2013 book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief — Gibney had previously based an HBO film on another of Wright's books, The Looming Tower, about al Qaeda.