Paul Haggis Says He's Not Collaborating On Scientology Exposé

by The Playlist
January 17, 2011 3:41 AM
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Author Confirms The Director's Non-Involvement With The Writing, But Book Will Still Focus On Haggis' Experiences With The Church



So filmmaker Paul Haggis (“Crash”) is prepping a tell-all exposé about his years as a member of the Church of Scientology, right? Only, he's not. And this must be how scurrilous rumors get started because author Lawrence Wright recently rejected the reports that claimed the "The Next Three Days" director would be a major collaborator on his upcoming novel-length explication of the church.

Haggis’ rumored involvement began after he granted Wright an interview for an article in the New Yorker about his membership of and subsequent departure from the church. In 2009, Haggis publicly announced his resignation from the Church of Scientology, vehemently renouncing their stance on gay marriage and their support of Proposition 8. Haggis then granted Wright the interview for a profile, which Wright now says will only be used to inform his book, not lead it.

The filmmaker said in a statement, “I am a great admirer of Mr. Wright, but he has not asked me to cooperate with him on any book. I am certainly not collaborating with him on one.” Wright himself added, “Both the article and the eventual book will explore the Haggis family’s experience inside the church and their decision to leave it. Haggis has been extremely helpful and candid, but he is certainly not a collaborator.”

There seems to be a fine line between collaborator or not. The book is titled "The Heretic of Hollywood: Paul Haggis vs.The Church of Scientology" and as the synopsis reveals, it's still very much centered around Haggis and his experiences with the church. Wright’s book comes after much controversy for the church, including spokesman Tommy Davis’ wild on-air interview about the church’s policies followed by Haggis’ letter which called church leaders liars and confirmed the rumors that the church forces members to cut non-Scientology members out of their lives.

Either way, whether it is merely providing the foundation or revealing all, it's rare for anyone within Hollywood's ranks to speak out about Scientology and we're still very curious about what will be contained within the pages of Wright's book (and the forthcoming article). No word yet on when it might hit shelves, but it was recently repped at the Frankfurt Book Fair so we presume the book is well on its way. - Catherine Scott

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6 Comments

  • sarah9miller | January 18, 2011 7:59 AMReply

    Why do we even care what religion or government thinks about our relationships? Get government out of marriage and we will all be better off. More freedom for everyone. Government free marriage now!

  • V_Mathison | January 18, 2011 7:45 AMReply

    Paul Haggis is just keeping his direct involvement with anti-Scientology projects on the down-low due to the "Church" of Scientology's ruthless policies of family disconnection and personal smear campaigns.
    Scientology is truly an unethical, abusive scam.
    Wikipedia: "scientology controversies"

  • Lulu | January 18, 2011 5:29 AMReply

    He should make movies worth watching.

  • eddie | January 17, 2011 7:31 AMReply

    This is most disconcerting as I am a family member who was deceived and lied to by my spouse and child who involved themselves in Scientology. The deceipt to close friends, the rumors originated and the orchestration of the indoctrination of my child is beyond the bounds of any decency. Scientology deserves all that is reaped upon it.

  • Kiki Haggins | January 17, 2011 5:58 AMReply

    Now I have serious doubts about Haggis' credibility.

  • bimbamboum | January 17, 2011 5:14 AMReply

    "it’s rare for anyone within Hollywood’s ranks to speak out about Scientology"

    Except for Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes !

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