Should Louis Theroux be worried? What a Scientology 'documentary' actually looks like - 2015-04-27
We thought it was very smart of filmmaker Louis Theroux to tweet last week that Scientology's attorneys have told him the church plans to make a documentary about him now that his own film about Scientology is in the can.
We've been telling you for some time that Louis and the BBC have been working on a documentary about Scientology. Theroux recently said publicly that his film is going to be very different from Alex Gibney's super-successful HBO movie, Going Clear, which turned out to be one of the most-watched documentaries in HBO history.
We first talked to producer Simon Chinn about his ideas for a theatrically-released feature film about Scientology three years ago. He told us then that he wanted Louis Theroux for it, and then he hired skilled director John Dower. Since then, we've been kept a little in the dark about the contents of the film (except for some rather generic BBC publicity about it), but we have a guess about its focus. For now, we're going to keep that to ourselves.