An HBO documentary will soon dive into the secret world of Scientology. HBO is preparing for a legal battle with the off-the-wall church.
Scheduled to air in 2015, the program will offer a look inside the controversial religion, its Hollywood connections and celebrity followers like Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
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 Scientologist who left the church. Going Clear was a National Book Award finalist but dropped by U.K publishers fearing lawsuits.
When Going Clear was released the church responded strongly with a statement reading "Mr. Wright's book is so ludicrous it belongs in a supermarket tabloid."
Scientology says that 75 million years ago, an intergalactic overlord named Xenu exiled people to Earth to solve a population issue. When the souls of the humans left the bodies, Xenu captured the souls and implanted them with false images of Christ and other historical events that founder L. Ron Hubbard claims to have never existed.
Now what exactly is "ludicrous"?