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Paul Haggis Disavows Involvement with Scientology Book Project

by Anne Thompson
January 13, 2011 8:52 AM
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While Paul Haggis is the subject of an upcoming New Yorker profile by Lawrence Wright, the writer-director (Crash) insists that he is not collaborating on Wright's book on the Church of Scientology in any way. His interview for the magazine article may be used in the book, however. Haggis, who was a practicing Scientologist but has since left the church, states:

"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. I have no financial or other interest in any book Mr. Wright may or may not choose to write, now or in the future."

Wright adds:


“Paul cooperated with me on a profile for the New Yorker which includes his involvement with the Church of Scientology. I will expand on that material for the book. 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. The reporting and the writing is all my work. Haggis has received no compensation for his time."

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  • Ryan Sartor | January 15, 2011 6:31 AMReply

    I can't wait for this book. Lawrence Wright is a brilliant writer who scripted the definitive book on al-Qaeda, "The Looming Tower." It will interesting to see who is easier to get access to: members of al-Qaeda or the Church of Scientology?

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