Movies: Is It Science Fiction or Is It Scientology?

Is It Science Fiction or Is It Scientology?

JOHN TRAVOLTA last week finalized plans to bring Scientology founder L. RON HUBBARD's sci-fi novel Battlefield Earth to the big screen. Travolta's longtime manager-producer JONATHAN KRANE says the new deal calls for small indie Franchise Pictures, run by L.A. club owner and actress Tia Carrere's husband Elie Samaha, to finance the production. Distribution is planned via Franchise's ties to fellow indie Morgan Creek, whose movies are handled by Warner Bros. Krane adds that ROGER CHRISTIAN, a filmmaking protege of GEORGE LUCAS', is directing the summer '99 shoot, and Patrick Tatopoulos, who designed creature effects for Godzilla and Independence Day, will create...

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