If John Travolta is unable to get the big-screen version of L. Ron Hubbard's epic Battlefield Earth made, he may want to pitch the studios a movie based on the tenets of Scientology, which was founded by the science-fiction writer in the 1950s. The church's beliefs are at least as radical as those of other religions, and as the recent DreamWorks release The Prince of Egypt demonstrates, theological sources are catnip for Hollywood producers
It is not just the pounds 80 million price tag which is putting them off. The script is from a book by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology. Travolta has long been the controversial sect's most high-profile supporter.
With books, sophisticated TV and print advertising campaigns, a 30,000-page Internet site, and its celebrity members' clout on TV sitcoms and major films, Scientology uses a range of modern media to gain influence, church critics say.