HBO to make film of Scientology book, hires 160 lawyers

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HBO is producing a film based on "Going Clear," a book about Scientology

The network, preparing for legal battle, has hired 160 lawyers, according to exec

Documentary will be directed by Alex Gibney of "Taxi to the Dark Side" fame

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HBO is backing a documentary based on “Going Clear,” a book about Scientology and Hollywood – and isn’t taking any chances with the legal side of things.

“We have probably 160 lawyers” looking at the film, HBO Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins told The Hollywood Reporter. (HBO, like CNN, is a unit of Time Warner.)

“Going Clear,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lawrence Wright (“The Looming Tower”), digs into the life of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and the influence his church has had on its believers, many of whom have close ties to Hollywood.

Among Tinseltown’s famous Scientologists are John Travolta and Tom Cruise.