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Tom Cruise Hires MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II Writer Ronald D. Moore For Big-Screen UA Sci-Fi Trilogy!!

Published at: April 17, 2008, 11:59 p.m. CST

I am – Hercules!!
Nobody knows what this big-screen trilogy is about. In addition to having supplied the story for “M:I2,” Moore has drafted a screenplay for another big-screen version of "The Thing" and masterminds SciFi’s “Battlestar Galactica,” the best show on TV. Read all of Variety’s story on the matter here.

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  • April 17, 2008, 11:43 p.m. CST

    1st

    by BrightEyes

    First

  • April 17, 2008, 11:43 p.m. CST

    LOST IS BACK NEXT WEEK

    by BrightEyes

    GET READY!

  • April 17, 2008, 11:43 p.m. CST

    WHAT happened to the R.E.M Contest

    by BrightEyes

    ?

  • April 17, 2008, 11:43 p.m. CST

    That is all

    by BrightEyes

    .

  • April 17, 2008, 11:49 p.m. CST

    First??

    by odo19

    This is great news by the way. Evrryone knows it was that fag Bragas' fault MI1 and 2 sucked.

  • April 17, 2008, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Good on Ron

    by Aloy

    The guy is a class act, let's just hope that he doesn't dilute his projects of farm them out. Not to mention any names.....

  • April 17, 2008, 11:50 p.m. CST

    I meant everyone and MI:1

    by odo19

  • April 17, 2008, 11:50 p.m. CST

    FIRST!

    by Robots In Das Guys

    Or not.

  • April 17, 2008, 11:51 p.m. CST

    What's the over/under...

    by Banky the Hack

    On this being some sort of L. Ron Hubbard blathering horseshit?

  • April 17, 2008, 11:53 p.m. CST

    LET ME GUESS: L. RON HUBBARD?

    by dasheight

    A sci-fi trilogy being funded by Tom Cruise... Why do I smell Scientology all over this?

  • April 17, 2008, 11:58 p.m. CST

    A three part adaptation of Mission Earth by Hubbard

    by zacdilone

    I'd be willing to bet money on that.

  • April 18, 2008, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Let me guess as well...Cruise fights Xenu, right?

    by FilmCritic3000

    Chaplin, Pickford, and all the others that founded United Artists would be livid to see what this egomaniacal cult member's done with their company (turned it into a vanity license plate). And c'mon Ron...you're better than this. Take your original material to a studio that has talented people that aren't crazed psychotics at the helm. To paraphrase "Mystery Science Theater 3000", it's time we as a nation say, 'NO!', to Tom Cruise and his films.

  • April 18, 2008, 12:03 a.m. CST

    M:I 2 was the worst one BY FAR.

    by Shermdawg

  • April 18, 2008, 12:05 a.m. CST

    I think you're right, zacdilone

    by FilmCritic3000

    I smell three "Battlefield Earth"s in the offing. Either that or it'll be two hours of Tom Cruise spouting random Scientology gibberish and then systematically shooting his way through various psychiatrists offices as the music swells and the nmakes out with a beard actress at the end.

  • April 18, 2008, 12:05 a.m. CST

    WHAAAA???!!!

    by codymr

    Moore did MI2?! I had no idea! I think his take in BSG is genius, but I have to say, I thought MI2 was garbage... I saw it in the theatre and thought is was horrible. Since then I have caught parts of it on TV and I just can't bring myself to sit through it. I guess you can't hit a home run every time.

  • April 18, 2008, 12:08 a.m. CST

    battlefield earth part 2 3 and 4?

    by red_weed

    we shall see.

  • April 18, 2008, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Once "Valkyrie" tanks...

    by FilmCritic3000

    this little sci-fi trilogy will hit DVD in record time. Hell, it still will. The days of wine and roses box office for Mr. I'm Not Gay Or A Crazed Cult Member are long behind him.

  • April 18, 2008, 12:09 a.m. CST

    ITS 3:00 AM AND XENU ATTACKS

    by alice 13

    whats in YOUR wallet?

  • April 18, 2008, 12:10 a.m. CST

    M:I II HAD A STORY?

    by dtpena

    That's news to me!

  • April 18, 2008, 12:10 a.m. CST

    So blatantly ripping off NOTORIOUS...

    by MaxTheSilent

    ...counts as 'creating the story'.

  • April 18, 2008, 12:13 a.m. CST

    When will Morgan Spurlock or Michael Moore make a Scientology do

    by FilmCritic3000

    That's a vine that needs to be hacked into pieces and rightfully so.

  • April 18, 2008, 12:13 a.m. CST

    As long it's not Scientology themed...

    by WalkingToaster

    I have my problems with Tom Cruise, but that doesn't mean I'll discard everything from UA. With RDM to script the movies I ask myself why Cruise visited the set from Trek XI? Perhaps to look for a director?

  • April 18, 2008, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Xenu's War: The Epic Trilogy!!!

    by TallBoy66

    Damn, you can milk 3 movies out of this body theatan shit for sure.

  • April 18, 2008, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Hmmm...science fiction...so it's about Cruise's personal life?

    by FilmCritic3000

    xenu.net I'm not lining the pockets of Crazy Man. United Artists is dead and buried.

  • April 18, 2008, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Cruise & scifi is good match...no scientology please

    by pipergates

    Hubbard's books are not very interesting either.

  • April 18, 2008, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Trik_ster, That's a great idea...

    by FilmCritic3000

    How's that "marriage" going to, what's her name, Beardy McFakenstein?

  • April 18, 2008, 12:25 a.m. CST

    And that's *exactly* why they're hush-hush about the details...

    by FilmCritic3000

    This is going to be three films of nothing but L. Ron Hubbard adoration. It'll probably have titles like "Science Fiction Movie: Explosions Are Cool", followed by "Science Fiction Movie Two: E-Meter Excellence" and "Science Fiction Movie Three: Clear". But to see the last two films in the trilogy, the admission price is $37,000.

  • April 18, 2008, 12:43 a.m. CST

    XENU 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO

    by Fa Fa Fooey

    It could happen.

  • April 18, 2008, 12:52 a.m. CST

    One day we need to start a deprogramming camp...

    by FilmCritic3000

    We start with Jason Lee and work our way up to Psychosis Man.

  • April 18, 2008, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Who will play Xenu?

    by vadakinX

    Ian McDiarmid has ruled himself out because he doesn't want to be typecast as the evil emperor. <p> So who should play the overlord of the Galactic Federation, or whatever it's called? <p> The favourites are: <p> Edward Norton <p> Sean Penn <p> John Travolta (the bookies favourite) <p> Leonard Nimoy (was seen talking to Cruise about the role on the Trek set) <p> Shia LeBouf (having been endorsed by the real Xenu, aka Spielberg) <p> Al Pacino <p> and bizzarely, Hillary Swank <p> Here's a brief synopsis: Xenu: the Return <p> Billion of years after the the great genocide of species, Xenu has risen once again in a bid to take over the galaxy once more. His ships have been rebuilt and he is gathering all the evil of the galaxy to him. Behind the planetary shields of Plexion IV, the great enemy of the Mily Way is regrouping. However, a plucky young Earthling (played by Cruise) has found himself swept up in the great war, having found that he has amazing powers that may prove to be the key to defeating Xenu once and for all. <p> Xenu: Thetan Warriors <p> The adventure continues as our hero (Cruise) travels across the galaxy, recruiting noble warriors to fight in the rebellion against Xenu. The Overlord of the galaxy has a plan of his own however, one that may end all hope of bringing justice to the galaxy. <p> Xenu: The Final Fight <p> It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. <p> During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. <p> Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy...

  • April 18, 2008, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Katie Holmes = instantly boinkable

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    hope that wasn't too off-topic

  • April 18, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    Penn is a 33/1 outsider

    by vadakinX

    Good odds for a gamble though. <p> By the way, my last post...so many lame jokes, so little time <p> I personally like the Swank for Xenu one and of course.. <p> It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. <p> During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. <p> Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy...

  • April 18, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Will there be plush Body Thetans? Cereal with crunchy E-Meters?

    by FilmCritic3000

    "The subterfuge stays ambiguous...even in milk!"

  • April 18, 2008, 1:07 a.m. CST

    let Brett Ratner direct

    by wash

    Because why the fuck not.

  • April 18, 2008, 1:08 a.m. CST

    I believe I can answer that with the following:

    by vadakinX

    It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. <p> During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. <p> Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy...

  • April 18, 2008, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Thanks to Valkyrie's stink of failure...

    by Live.

    Tom flees to sci-fi action. Good career move for the Cruiser. Less laughable eye-patched, dude-speaking Nazis and more Mission Impossible knockoffs please.

  • April 18, 2008, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Remember when John Travolta was cool?

    by phool2056

    You know, back before Battlefield Earth? I guess what I'm trying to say is, making a movie that's a love letter to Scientology is a good way to kill your career. Also, come to think of it, Tom Cruise has never been very cool.

  • April 18, 2008, 1:23 a.m. CST

    ALTHOUGH

    by phool2056

    Battlestar Galactica is pretty amazing.

  • April 18, 2008, 1:25 a.m. CST

    by Groothewarrior

  • April 18, 2008, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Ronald D. Moore interview In Mission : Impossible II DVD

    by CuervoJones

    Funniest extra ever. Tha guy was so drunk.

  • April 18, 2008, 1:27 a.m. CST

    MI:2 was incompetent

    by No Respectable Gentleman

    No one who hashed that screenplay deserves to write a SF trilogy. God, the standard of writing is pitiful these days. Akiva Goldsman's got an Oscar -- say no more.

  • April 18, 2008, 1:29 a.m. CST

    will be lame Cruise is over paid just a face

    by Groothewarrior

    a multi millionaire movie star makes the dullest movies special effects and pyrotechnics cant deny tom's dud movies year after year

  • April 18, 2008, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Ronald D. Moore must have had an auditing session once...

    by FilmCritic3000

    And somewhere, in the dank, dark recesses of Scientology headquarters, they have his deepest secrets on tape.... "I don't want to write this trilogy! The source material is hacky and juvenile! It reads like something a third grader would write! And it makes Tom's character come off like a macho prima donna with a God complex!" "You'll write what we tell you to...or else we'll let everyone know about your ABBA obsession." "You wouldn't!" "Wouldn't we? We'll start there, then move on to how you can't sleep without that adorable Strawberry Shortcake night light...shall I keep going? Do you want me to tell the world about your Popples obsession?" (*sobbing*) "Alright, alright! Stop it! I'll write the damn thing! (A faint whisper is heard in the background.) "Make sure I kiss alot of girls." "Tom, go play with your Speak and Say. The grown ups are talking."

  • April 18, 2008, 1:32 a.m. CST

    by Groothewarrior

  • April 18, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST

    by Groothewarrior

  • April 18, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise is Shit

    by Eunuch Provocateur

    And so is this guy if he handled MI2. Plus, look at his picture in the Variety article. It's CGI. The guy is even FROM the fucking future!

  • April 18, 2008, 1:42 a.m. CST

    If I was president, I would revoke Scientology's tax-exempt stat

    by FilmCritic3000

    Germany has the right idea and treats Scientology for what it is: a cult. A batshit insane group of demented and evil idiots.

  • April 18, 2008, 2:05 a.m. CST

    MI:2

    by JesusSavedIn01

    Moore's only credited with coming up with the story for MI:2, so I don't think we can blame him for it sucking ass.

  • April 18, 2008, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Here's where the Cruiser...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...does a Michael Jackson and pisses all the fame, good will and money from the last twenty years right up the wall.<p>Vanity projects only work if the rest of us don't think the underlying source material is bizarre and sinister, dude.<p>See you in the funny papers...

  • April 18, 2008, 2:56 a.m. CST

    It's about Xenu!!!

    by photoboy

    And how a plucky short man has to come out of the closet and defeat the evil alien overlord!

  • April 18, 2008, 2:59 a.m. CST

    The Cylon God...

    by 11dayempire

    ...better not turn out to be Xenu. Just sayin'.

  • April 18, 2008, 3:32 a.m. CST

    No brainer, it's going to be a Hubbard adaptation

    by KillaKane

    A Scientological blockbuster from the diminutive 'supreme being' to brainwash any reluctant SPs! ;-) Shhhh...Battlefield Earth never happened.

  • April 18, 2008, 3:35 a.m. CST

    With a bit of luck...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...we'll finally be seeing The Lost Regiment. Last I heard, Cruise and his partner owned the rights to this series. <p> If so, fan-fucking-tastic.

  • April 18, 2008, 3:50 a.m. CST

    "another big-screen version of "The Thing""

    by kiddae

    Don't give me that "Carpenter's movie was a remake too!" bullshit, it's like saying Batman Begins is a remake of Burton's movie. They're based on the same source material, and yes there's an awareness of the earlier film, but they're totally different animals.

  • April 18, 2008, 3:58 a.m. CST

    I'll actually don't hate Cruise...

    by Ravetin

    ...just because of how much I dug Collateral.

  • April 18, 2008, 4:16 a.m. CST

    This is the funniest news i have heard all day

    by emeraldboy

    Eddie Murphy to star in the incredible Shrinking man to be directed by Brett Ratner.

  • April 18, 2008, 4:33 a.m. CST

    If I was Cruise...

    by mrfan

    I would be worried about Valkyrie. I hear that movie is falling apart. How many times are they going to keep the opening date pushed back?

  • April 18, 2008, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Can we call him...

    by 11dayempire

    L. Ron D. Moore now?

  • April 18, 2008, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Cruise killed his career

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Does anyone see Valkyrie being a big box offish smash? Nope, me neither. What an idiot.

  • April 18, 2008, 4:59 a.m. CST

    thats office, not offish

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • April 18, 2008, 5 a.m. CST

    Ravetin

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Collateral is good because of Michael Mann, not because of Tom Cruise.

  • April 18, 2008, 5:13 a.m. CST

    I doubt this is Hubbard related...

    by JesusSavedIn01

    From what the Variety article said, Moore is writing and CREATING the trilogy. This leads me to believe it's an original creation of Ron's and completely unrelated to any Hubbard project Cruise might have in the works.

  • April 18, 2008, 5:27 a.m. CST

    A little harsh I feel

    by Tom_Cruise

    Hi I'm Tom Cruise. You may know me from motion picture classics such as 'All the right moves' and 'COCKtail' I'm a little dissapointed at all the flaming of me that seems to be happening on this site so I'm going to unleash my Thetan spirits on you all. #####RAAAAGGHH#### Ha I bet that hurts. Suffer you non-believers. Pay the price for insulting the Cruise. worship at my feet BITCHES. Suck my Scientologic COCK. You'll be sorry when my alien friends retun in their space travelling DC10's an show you the one true way. I OWN YOU. YOU CAN'T LIVE WIHTOUT THE CRUISE. YOU NEED ME. YOU SUCK CRUISE'S COCK. YOU HAVE NOTHING WITHOUT ME. I AM GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Phew Katie my space alien love, I think I told them, and on the up side at least it's distracted them from talking about me being so short and cross eyed.

  • April 18, 2008, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Battlefield Earth - The Extended Version

    by Yeti

    Cause once just wasn't enough.

  • April 18, 2008, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Tell Me More About The Thing....

    by BanAllFIRSTPosters

    I thought that was going to be a SciFi Channel miniseries?

  • April 18, 2008, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Ronald D. Moore

    by Abin Sur

    I hope he's not backtracking...it took 3+ seasons of BSG to remove the taste that is MI:2, or as I like to call it, brain cancer on celluloid.

  • April 18, 2008, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Scientology is no less crazy....

    by Bobo_Vision

    ...than many other organized religions. I mean, immaculate conception, water to wine, parting red seas, and resurrection from the dead are all pretty wacky. Scientology is like any other dogmatic religion: a system of beliefs based on myths and fairy tales, which many in those religions believe to be fact, rather than simply accepting the underlying themes, like being humble, kind, faithful, nonjudgmental, and being good to others while doing no harm. <p> If those who attack Scientology are equally critical of other religions, then thats fair, but if its done by people who belong to a religion themselves, then its hypocritical.

  • April 18, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Mi2 was horrible

    by filmcoyote

    by far the worst of that trilogy - by a long looooong way. Haven't seen Battlestar Galatica not my thing

  • April 18, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Bobo Vision

    by filmcoyote

    Well said. Thought i'd get that in before you get a shellacking from all angles!

  • April 18, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay

    by MCMLXXVI

    Damn You Michael Bay

  • April 18, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Forget about Tom...

    by b15fliptop

    This is the part I want to know about: " sci-fi actioner "The Champions," with Guillermo del Toro attached to direct."

  • April 18, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Please Xenu...

    by Kid Z

    ...spare us anymore adaptations of L. Ron Hubbard novels!!!

  • April 18, 2008, 8 a.m. CST

    It's a new STAR WARS sequel trilogy!!!!

    by Ray Gamma

    STAR WARS - Episode VII - Tokyo Drift

  • April 18, 2008, 8 a.m. CST

    Variety Article Claims Moore is Writing The Thing!

    by cowboyone

    What the hell? Are they remaking it?!

  • April 18, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Moh, the prophet in Scientology...

    by Bobo_Vision

    ...would be L. Ron Hubbard. And I think you're smart enough to know that Scientology isn't the only religion making money.

  • April 18, 2008, 8:25 a.m. CST

    The NEw Battlestar Sucks

    by Underoos Hero

    I tried to watch the new episode the other night (first time) and it fucking blows. Enough with the shaky cam and bad acting.

  • April 18, 2008, 8:25 a.m. CST

    ALL RIGHT!!! SOUNDS GREAT!!!!

    by Darth WickedChicken

    Except for that Tom Cruse part.

  • April 18, 2008, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Remember when John Travolta was cool?

    by Herb West

    No. I don't.

  • April 18, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    As in every Tom Cruise movie, the script will have

    by kabong

    a scene where Tom walks toward the camera and smacks his hands together, in order to show that his character has made some sort of decision. <p> Anyone can write a screenplay. It's just a matter of sucking.

  • April 18, 2008, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Bobo_Vision

    by OBSD

    Other religions make money, sure. THROUGH DONATIONS. That's the difference between Scientology and real religions. Christianity, Bhuddism, Islah, Hinduism do not require money for one to be "saved". They may ask for money in the form of donations, but they don't charge somebody for the right to be saved. Can you imagine if Christians charged three thousand dollars per chapter of the bible? And you were forced to buy every chapter? Any "religion" that forces you to pay money for "redemption" isn't even worthy of being called a cult.Scientology is a "long con" that disguises itself as an alien cult that in turn disguises itself as a real religion.

  • April 18, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Wiki Says...

    by BanAllFIRSTPosters

    The Thing is a prequel.

  • April 18, 2008, 9:07 a.m. CST

    OBSD

    by Bobo_Vision

    When I turn on the TV on Sunday mornings, I don't see Scientologists preaching to people asking for their money. And while other religions don't necessarily charge money to be saved, instead they use the carrot and stick method and fear, whereby you will be rewarded with admission to heaven and all sorts of bliss and redemption if you support their faith, and eternal damnation in hell if you don't.

  • April 18, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    it should be Hyperion

    by kafka07

    or maybe some of those Stephen R Donaldson books

  • April 18, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    working title: "its like...PSHEEWWWWW!"

    by ArcadianDS

    AH HA HA HA HAAAAA.

  • April 18, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    spidercoz is a dumbass

    by ArcadianDS

    How about a lesser known minor release film called Pulp Fiction?<p> funny you didn't list that one on your Travolta anthology. Perhaps you've never heard of it, in which case... SHUT UP AND SIT DOWN RIGHT OVER THERE.

  • April 18, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST

    as long as Pig Destroyer does the soundtrack

    by messi

    then i'm in.

  • April 18, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    The Venture Brothers is the best show on TV.

    by Dingbatty

  • April 18, 2008, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Bobo-Vision

    by OBSD

    Asking, cajoling, begging or even for money is not the same as demanding money for salvation. The core tennants of real religions don't demand cash for being saved. It's some of the preachers who came up with that scheme. The core tennants of Scientology, though, do demand cash for salvation. That is what makes it a con. Sure, Scientology takes a page from some of the more insidious cults out there (seperating people from their families, denying sick people the proper care so that they are weaker and easily manipulated), but their basic modius operandi is that of a grifter putting the long con on a mark.

  • April 18, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST

    oops

    by OBSD

    I meant to say "or even begging".

  • April 18, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    THE MORMONS ARE JUST AS LOONY

    by BringingSexyBack

    and they have their own state too. Although the idea of having multiple wives is cool, not so much when they're fucking children. FREAKS!!!!!!

  • April 18, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST

    GREEN LANTERN!!!!

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    It has to be!!!! Oh wait, wrong studio. Sorry. What Sci-Fi properties do UA have in their vault that HASN'T been touched as of yet? Anyone?

  • April 18, 2008, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Scooby Doo: A John Woo Film

    by mooseaka

    Wait, that movie was called Mission Impossible II? I thought it was a live action version of Scooby Doo, since basically the whole plot revolved around people wearing astonishing life-like masks that were capable of fooling people standing within five feet of them that they were somebody else. Also, only a cartoon adaptation would have something as absurd as two people riding motorcycles at each other at full speed and being able to jump 10 feet in the air and have a bear hug.

  • April 18, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Princess of Mars

    by Rolnikov

    Wasn't Tom Cruise attached to Princess of Mars at one point? Is Harry still developing it? Those books would be good trilogy fodder.

  • April 18, 2008, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Oh, and he had something to do with "Battlestar Galactica"

    by Gozu

    On his tombstone, it'll say "Wrote MI-2."

  • April 18, 2008, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Approval

    by Cobbio

    Good choice, Tom. I approve.

  • April 18, 2008, 12:43 p.m. CST

    More propaganda for Scientology

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Sure, it worked for BATTLEFIELD EARTH, huh? Whenever Tom (Cabana Boy) Cruise was "outted" by a tabloid, he linked-up with a hotty. His publicist thought a marriage would discourage invitations to retreat from the closet and that premise was shot down down in flames (Cruise's bizarre performance on Oprah's circus which translated into "I'm not gay"). Anyway, now Cruise's agent is insisting that the marriage is not eroding (apparently, Katie Holmes wants "out", for lack of a better word. You better believe she's been on auto-erotic pilot since the honeymoon). His latest pic, VALKYRIE, has been bumped from imminent release(needs "lots of post-production repairing", including Cruise's German accent). And when LIONS FOR LAMBS died a horrible death at the boxoffice, Cruise's agent blamed Robert Redford. It would have been simple if Cruise had voluntarily come out of the coset; at least his dignity would have been intact. But he's the blame for the wreck of his own career; this guy is the Hillary Clinton of Hollywood.

  • April 18, 2008, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise is the Final Cylon!

    by pokadoo

    "Battlefield Star Galactia Earth" Set right after season 4!

  • April 18, 2008, 2 p.m. CST

    tom cruise = tom is cure?

    by ironic_name

    and I curse tom

  • April 18, 2008, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Oh great - here comes the Xenu Trilogy

    by finky089

  • April 18, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    The Phaton Menace

    by finky089

  • April 18, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Audit of the Clones

    by finky089

  • April 18, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Revenge of the Xenu

    by finky089

  • April 18, 2008, 2:41 p.m. CST

    A New Hubbard

    by finky089

  • April 18, 2008, 2:42 p.m. CST

    The Dissenters Strike Back

    by finky089

  • April 18, 2008, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Return of the Jerry McGuire

    by finky089

  • April 18, 2008, 2:43 p.m. CST

    done. check please

    by finky089

  • April 18, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruse is cool

    by Proman1984

    I trust he'll make a good project

  • April 18, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    you know "Phaeton Menace" was a good one

    by finky089

    c'mon

  • April 18, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    tom cruise =... ie. scrotum... I store cum.... Moist cure......

    by ironic_name

  • April 18, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    LOL...

    by SG7

    The article said RDM was signed to write and CREATE. That means new stuff AFAICT, not an ADAPTATION of LRH garbage (and that's what it is: garbage.)

  • April 18, 2008, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Battlefield Earth is the only sci fi book...

    by hansello

    ....that I have read three times. It is a huge novel, epic in it's scope and could never be realised in a single feature film. The beauty of the book is the thought process of the villian, Terl, which was never clearly captured by Travolta. Imagine 'The Shield's' Vic Mackey as an alien, and you get the perfect 'Terl'. I never wanted to see Battlefield as a movie, and I'm even less keen to see Mission Earth 'Dekology' made into one. It's a shame that Hubbard's scientolgy rubbish can't be seperated from his great sci fi fiction. <p> As for Ron Moore creating a 'new' trilogy..... are there even any new sci-fi stories out there? It will either be lame, or weakly copied from somewhere else. Dont get cheap, buy a decent franchise and adapt it well.

  • April 18, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    L. Ron D. Moore

    by Maniaq

    heheh.. <p> he managed to get "frak" into a lot of people's nomenclature but let's hope people don't take his "One True God" idea too far - oh, wait...

  • April 18, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    hansello

    by Stevie Grant

    I suggest you try Herbert, Clark, Simmons, etc... and realize what a hack Hubbard is (especially since he created a highly successful cult).

  • April 18, 2008, 6:46 p.m. CST

    or, better yet

    by Stevie Grant

    try reading literary classics whose reputations have survived centuries of critics... Scientology is for cocksucking, gullible, indefensible losers.

  • April 18, 2008, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Re: remember when John Travolta was cool?

    by Iowa Snot Client

    Up your nose with a rubber hose.

  • April 18, 2008, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Right on, Stevie G.

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Check out the charter membership: hams, has-beens and starlets. The Scientologists insisted that Cruise divorce Nicole Kidman because she refused to endorse their phony edicts (Kidman is a devout Catholic). But they won't allow Katie Holmes off the hook even though it's rumored she wants a separation/divorce; after the windfall of p.r. about the Cruise/Holmes marriage--even though it was patently phony from the start--any sort of marital erosion would reflect on the equally phony religion. Hell, they'll enforce corruptive, Hillary Clinton-type tactics if necessary (naturally, they'll insist that her offspring be raised as a Scientologist).

  • April 18, 2008, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Oh, Bobo

    by thegreatwhatzit

    The only thing more annoying than a self-righteous Christian is a windbag atheist. 'Night, everyone.

  • April 18, 2008, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Wrong, whatzit

    by Bobo_Vision

    1) Self-righteous Christians ARE more annoying, and 2) I'm not an athiest. But being as judgmental as you are, I know that doesn't matter to you. I can see you have pressing things on your mind, like Tom Cruise's personal life and his marriage, and which faith he plans to raise his daughter with. Try not to let it keep you up at night. Between him and other tabloid celebrities, I'm sure your mind is pretty occupied.

  • April 18, 2008, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Bobo, I really needed the sleep.

    by thegreatwhatzit

  • April 18, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST

    I bet TomBodet would sleep..

    by mrfan

    if he read this thread.<p> Also, wasn't there an actor that left the cult and is now talking about it?

  • April 18, 2008, 7:54 p.m. CST

    mrfan

    by Stevie Grant

    yeah, I don't remember the guy's name, but there was a link to it off Fark this week. If I remember correctly, he reached at least OT5 and realized Scientology hadn't done jack shit for him besides lightening his wallet.

  • April 18, 2008, 7:55 p.m. CST

    whatzit, you type in your sleep?

    by Bobo_Vision

    whatzit, just fall asleep the same way you do everynight. Dreaming of Tom Cruise, his relationships, and having him riding wild in your ass while yelling "Show me the money!!!" Sweet dreams, princess.

  • April 18, 2008, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Stevie--

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Check-out IMDb; it was reported either last week or earlier this week. These defections are quite courageous, considering the "consequences" pledged by Scientologists.

  • April 18, 2008, 8:26 p.m. CST

    thegreatwhatzit

    by Stevie Grant

    Yeah, the members give all their dirty secrets away in e-meter sessions, then face a pissed-off cult that values intimidation and litigation as lightly as taking a piss. I'm completely with you on how Scientology broke though the upper limit of the fuck-up scale and shows no sign of slowing.

  • April 18, 2008, 9:14 p.m. CST

    It's medieval, StevieG--

    by thegreatwhatzit

    They're rewritten Cruise's background (including his alternate lifestyle) and Cruise has reciprocated by turning into their #1 propagandist/solicitor. He's also turned into a shrill puppet, turning-off the public. Other members, emptying their pockets, have been linked with aberrant (public) behavior: Kirstie Alley, Karen Black, Jeff Conaway, Lisa Marie Presley, etc.

  • April 18, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST

    thegreatwhatzit

    by Stevie Grant

    I don't know, given their celebrity spokes-people... how much is their that they can do (short of murder) that will actually shock the public (given Scientology is at least guilty of multiple accounts of manslaughter)? Rewrite all they want, those celebrities are on "Celebrity" status enough to where anything shocking they do passes without impacting the public psyche in the long term. I remember reading a sci-fi series set just a couple hundred years in the future in which, the author mentioned the CO$ having as much money as the Catholics... I can see that being completely accurate and on both counts, being completely depressing (Protestant colors showing here, will not apologize).

  • April 18, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Scientology + sci fi epics =

    by slave to the one

    Battlefield Earth!

  • April 18, 2008, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Marvel vs Capcom 2 movie!!!!

    by Queerbait

    I wanna take you for a ride!

  • April 19, 2008, 1:04 a.m. CST

    "Protestant colors showing here, will not apologize"

    by Bobo_Vision

    Steviegrant: "the author mentioned the CO$ having as much money as the Catholics... I can see that being completely accurate and on both counts, being completely depressing (Protestant colors showing here, will not apologize" <p> Exactly, Steviegrant. If a competing religion were to gain money and power, just like Catholicism has, thats pretty depressing to a Protestant like you. <p> This is what I'm talking about. The hypocrisy of people who attack Scientology simply because they are fearful religious supremists who are concerned with strength in numbers and the world domination of their own religion, and the fear that other religions will eclipse their own. <p> Its people with that mentality that represent all thats wrong with the world today.

  • April 19, 2008, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Bobo, but what about the fact that

    by samsquanch

    Scientology is just batshit crazy nonsense? That's reason enough to attack it, isn't it?

  • April 19, 2008, 1:47 a.m. CST

    samsquanch

    by Bobo_Vision

    But the thing is, you could say the same thing about most religions. And I guess you could bash most religions too, and some do, but usually people try to respect people's religious beliefs - at least its the civil thing to do. A lot of Christians think Islam is batshit crazy nonsense, and so from their point of view, they think thats reason enough to attack Islam - literally. With weapons. And vice versa. <p> And thats whats fucked up about this world. A bunch of hateful, religious people everywhere attacking the shit out of each other, and not just with words. And innocent people with common sense are caught in the crossfire.

  • April 19, 2008, 3:17 a.m. CST

    pitch

    by INWOsuxRED

    A wide-eyed crazy madman kidnaps an almost famous actress and impregnates her with a cult leader's DNA and laughs maniacally at inappropriate times while occasionally flailing around on the ground for no reason....IN SPACE!

  • April 19, 2008, 4:18 a.m. CST

    The Thing

    by DC Films

    Apparently he's writing a prequel for it! I'm excited!!!

  • April 19, 2008, 5:50 a.m. CST

    I have the rejected 1st draft

    by alpha

    It's about a secret society dedicated to destroying humanity that uses brainwashing of it's lower ranked members and pretends to be a religion insinuating itself into society before unleashing pure evil onto the world ... apparently liked the concept but wasn't keen on his character a psychotic egotistical closet case who eats babies ... he liked the baby eating but thought the rest was a bit unrealistic.

  • April 19, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    I was joking about

    by Stevie Grant

    Catholicism. I was serious about the CO$. Probably should have made that more clear.

  • April 19, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST

    and Bobo

    by Stevie Grant

    try all you want, but there is no moral relativism between the CO$ and actual religions. The reason people attack Scientology is because it is predatory, aggressive cult. Every actual religion spreads it message for free and relies solely on donations, not expensive "fees" or sets of books. And actual religions are transparent, only cults are secretive.

  • April 19, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST

    The day a person can laugh at their religion...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...is the day I'll respect their opinion regarding it.<p>How long do you think we'll have to wait to see see a Muslim version of Father Ted? Centuries, I reckon...

  • April 19, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Well said, mooseaka

    by severianx1

    That is exactly why I never watched any of those crapfests, other than a few minutes when they were on TV. A few minutes was all I could stand before I just couldn't take it any more. Movies like that are an insult to the intelligence of, well, pretty much anyone with a functioning brain.

  • April 19, 2008, 6:58 p.m. CST

    The trilogy is his life story. Three parts.

    by mrfan

    The role of Tom Cruise will be played by Ben Stiller. All three movies will air in one year with a four month gap between each one. There will be no previews. Just a small segment of how Scientology works. Donations are required before continuing on the main attraction. Enjoy.

  • April 19, 2008, 7:06 p.m. CST

    nice, mrfan, nice

    by Stevie Grant

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