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Battlefield Earth writer apologizes for writing Battlefield Earth

03.29.2010

There aren't many movies as notoriously terrible and universally ridiculed as the space mess BATTLEFIELD EARTH, but at least one person responsible is seeking public penance.

Screenwriter J.D. Shapiro (ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS) has come forth and apologized for his association with the L. Ron Hubbard adaptation.

Shapiro (who also accepted the Razzie Award for "Worst Movie of the Decade") released a statement in the NY Post that explains his introduction to Scientology and his involvement in John Travolta's intergalactic flop. And he discusses the usual glaring disparity between script and final product:

"My script was very, VERY different than what ended up on the screen. My screenplay was darker, grittier and had a very compelling story with rich characters. What my screenplay didn't have was slow motion at every turn, Dutch tilts, campy dialogue, aliens in KISS boots, and everyone wearing Bob Marley wigs."

When Shapiro refused to incorporate some kooky notes from the Travolta cult, he was released from the project, his script was rewritten, and the rest is history. Or infamy, as the case may be. Shapiro gives the intriguing lowdown RIGHT HERE. Maybe now he'll gets some work again. Or not.

Extra Tidbit: BATTLEFIELD EARTH actually only adapted the first half of Hubbard's thousand-page novel -- the second half was planned for the movie's sequel. It seems unlikely we'll ever see it. Bummer.
Source: NY Post

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1:10AM on 03/31/2010
I smell REMAKE!!!!
I smell REMAKE!!!!
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12:30AM on 03/31/2010

damn shame

The battlefeild earth movie was an abomination the book however is a fantastic piece of literature which i`ve read twice which means i`ve read 6000 pages seeing how the book is 3000 pages. epic story that sets a standard that all space themed science fiction should be held to . But the movie was horrible from the moment it started never have i been to a movie watched the first 2 minutes and instantly known it would suck . when i found it on shelves i was giddy as a school girl now i`m sad i
The battlefeild earth movie was an abomination the book however is a fantastic piece of literature which i`ve read twice which means i`ve read 6000 pages seeing how the book is 3000 pages. epic story that sets a standard that all space themed science fiction should be held to . But the movie was horrible from the moment it started never have i been to a movie watched the first 2 minutes and instantly known it would suck . when i found it on shelves i was giddy as a school girl now i`m sad i ever watched he movie john travolta should`ve been kicked in the nads for his involvement in this movie same goes for Forest Whitaker you know why i`ll remember Forest Whitaker`s face and name for the rest of my life because of this movie i am shocked either of those actors had much of a career after this mega flop . do yourself a favor read the book ignore the movie. It saddens me that no film maker worth his two front teeth will ever touch this series . i seriously think only james cameron could fix this franchise and that is only if he has a avatar sized budget complete control over the film with no interference on the studios part , I don`t think an actor exist who could fix the damage travolta did to this film. that said i would laugh in the face of the man who got a reboot greenlit and would kiss his feet if he made the film a success
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3:07AM on 03/30/2010

ya fucking pussy...

if ya did it be proud and say so, don't try to make people feel sorry for you. the movie was god awful, but you apologizing for it is just stupid, you may as well give the pay cheque back as well ya fucking pussy.
if ya did it be proud and say so, don't try to make people feel sorry for you. the movie was god awful, but you apologizing for it is just stupid, you may as well give the pay cheque back as well ya fucking pussy.
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2:42AM on 03/30/2010
This movie is god awful. Not funny awful or enjoyably awful just awful. I didn't really visit movie sites so I didn't quite know about scientology or anything of the sort. I just thought it looked bad ass and wanted to watch it. Big mistake as I suffered through this a great deal and cursed the name of Travolta in my sleep.
This movie is god awful. Not funny awful or enjoyably awful just awful. I didn't really visit movie sites so I didn't quite know about scientology or anything of the sort. I just thought it looked bad ass and wanted to watch it. Big mistake as I suffered through this a great deal and cursed the name of Travolta in my sleep.
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2:32AM on 03/30/2010

APOLOGIZING FOR ...

... a movie that everyone forgot?
... a movie that everyone forgot?
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1:53AM on 03/30/2010
Ricky Martin is saying come out the closet with me John right at this moment.
Ricky Martin is saying come out the closet with me John right at this moment.
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1:09AM on 03/30/2010
from his interview, and men in tights,J.D. Shapiro is amazingly funny-- that said, i'd still rather watch this then 'saturday the 14th.' its my #1 bad/worst movie ( battlefeild is my 2nd.) yeeeh.. if they tried a remake/reboot now they would have to change the names and title and get the studios high AND drunk in order to sign for it.
from his interview, and men in tights,J.D. Shapiro is amazingly funny-- that said, i'd still rather watch this then 'saturday the 14th.' its my #1 bad/worst movie ( battlefeild is my 2nd.) yeeeh.. if they tried a remake/reboot now they would have to change the names and title and get the studios high AND drunk in order to sign for it.
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12:41AM on 03/30/2010
Saw it on the big screen. Remember coming out of it, the owner of the theater said to me and my buddy: "Its not that bad, right ? Critics dont know crap." I guess thats why its closed today, he always picked the wrong shows.
Saw it on the big screen. Remember coming out of it, the owner of the theater said to me and my buddy: "Its not that bad, right ? Critics dont know crap." I guess thats why its closed today, he always picked the wrong shows.
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11:33PM on 03/29/2010
I really have to get a copy of this movie.
I've never seen it, and it's part of geek movie folklore. I'll have to go shuffling through the Weekly shelves and rent it out.
I really have to get a copy of this movie.
I've never seen it, and it's part of geek movie folklore. I'll have to go shuffling through the Weekly shelves and rent it out.
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12:19AM on 03/30/2010
I BELIEVE it's on Netflix instant view if you have it. I've never seen it either I've always wanted too though.
I BELIEVE it's on Netflix instant view if you have it. I've never seen it either I've always wanted too though.
11:30PM on 03/29/2010
I'm sure somewhere, some studio executive is thinking about rebooting this in a few years.
I'm sure somewhere, some studio executive is thinking about rebooting this in a few years.
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11:38PM on 03/29/2010
Staring Tom, of course, as the hero.
Staring Tom, of course, as the hero.
12:20AM on 03/30/2010
Not cool at all emjoi. idiot.
Not cool at all emjoi. idiot.
11:04PM on 03/29/2010

NEWSFLASH

Joblo was one of the three people that actually gave This movie a good review. He gave it a 7 out of 10. Talk about being misguided. BIG TIME. Joblo how can you live with yourself.
Joblo was one of the three people that actually gave This movie a good review. He gave it a 7 out of 10. Talk about being misguided. BIG TIME. Joblo how can you live with yourself.
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11:11PM on 03/29/2010
But he also gave The Dark Knigt a 9/10... maybe he enjoys bad movies? Big woop. :D
But he also gave The Dark Knigt a 9/10... maybe he enjoys bad movies? Big woop. :D
11:34PM on 03/29/2010
He also smokes a TON of dope.
He also smokes a TON of dope.
11:35PM on 03/29/2010
Had to expect someone to bring up the 1 review out of the 1,400+ I wrote to make a point. Sigh. In case you never read the review, which I assume you didn't...it started off with two words: fun cheese. Look those words up and see what you find...

PS: And how do I live with myself? Pretty easily actually. I guess you're the ONE PERSON in the world who likes every movie that everybody else in the world likes and hates every single movie that everyone else in the world hates? Congrats, you're
Had to expect someone to bring up the 1 review out of the 1,400+ I wrote to make a point. Sigh. In case you never read the review, which I assume you didn't...it started off with two words: fun cheese. Look those words up and see what you find...

PS: And how do I live with myself? Pretty easily actually. I guess you're the ONE PERSON in the world who likes every movie that everybody else in the world likes and hates every single movie that everyone else in the world hates? Congrats, you're special!
12:18AM on 03/30/2010
Let him have it Joblo!!
Let him have it Joblo!!
11:33AM on 03/30/2010
Joblo, I love you man. I've been a reader of this website since I was a kid. I've read the review and I agree with what you're saying. I just thought that it would be fun to bust your your balls a little bit. Of course I don't mean it. Thanks for the reply, Now I really feel special.
Joblo, I love you man. I've been a reader of this website since I was a kid. I've read the review and I agree with what you're saying. I just thought that it would be fun to bust your your balls a little bit. Of course I don't mean it. Thanks for the reply, Now I really feel special.
10:41PM on 03/29/2010
That's like killing your friend's dog and saying you're sorry. It's just not going to make it better.
That's like killing your friend's dog and saying you're sorry. It's just not going to make it better.
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2:58AM on 03/30/2010
Agreed.
Agreed.
10:36PM on 03/29/2010
I have never seen this movie and probably never will. I am a big fan of Travolta and think Barry Pepper is an underrated actor, but I still dont think I will see this movie.
I have never seen this movie and probably never will. I am a big fan of Travolta and think Barry Pepper is an underrated actor, but I still dont think I will see this movie.
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10:35PM on 03/29/2010
Well at least the movie was so bad that people actually remember it to this day. I guess if you can't be good, be bad enough to make people puke and remember the day you did that....forever.....
Well at least the movie was so bad that people actually remember it to this day. I guess if you can't be good, be bad enough to make people puke and remember the day you did that....forever.....
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