This should be interesting, to say the least: Busy documentarian Alex Gibney, who won an Oscar for “Taxi to the Dark Side,” is completing a documentary that examines the Church of Scientology and its Hollywood connections, based on the 2013 book “Going Clear” by Lawrence Wright. The film, also called “Going Clear,” will air on HBO sometime in 2015, but may well turn up at the Sundance Film Festival in January if it’s ready. Gibney is no stranger to controversy, having recently completed documentaries about sex abuse in the Catholic Church (“Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God”), Julian Assange (“We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks”), Lance Armstrong (“The Armstrong Lie”), and is at work on another HBO documentary, about Frank Sinatra. HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins, noting the litigious nature of the Church of Scientology, says that HBO has “about 160 lawyers” looking at the film. Should be enough, wouldn’t you think? The book’s fascinating; the film should be so as well — Gibney’s docs are always gripping.
November 24, 2014 at 10:18 AM