HBO and BBC battling to get full-length films about Scientology out first - 2014-11-24

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F347.png HBO and BBC battling to get full-length films about Scientology out first November 24, 2014, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

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.


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