HBO announced the premiere date and additional airdates for a documentary that is expected to spark controversy. The pay-cable channel will debut “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” March 29.
As we reported a few months back, HBO was said to be “lawyering up” in anticipation of a legal battle over the film with the Church of Scientology.
The project, based on the bestselling non-fiction book by Lawrence Wright, highlights the stories of former members of the Church. It’s directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney, and follows his “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God,” which examined sex abuse in the Catholic Church.
“Gibney profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, detailing their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion,” HBO says in a press release.
The project is set to open in theaters ahead of its run on HBO, with premieres in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco set for Friday, March 13.
The premiere on Sunday, March 29, is scheduled for 8-10 p.m. ET/PT. The pay-cable channel released the following additional playdates on HBO: March 30 (9 p.m.); April 1 (11:45 a.m., 3:05 a.m.); April 5 (9:15 a.m.); April 9 (3:30 p.m.); April 11 (1:45 p.m.); and April 17 (4:45 p.m.)
HBO2 will air the program April 2 (8 p.m.); April 4 (9:15 a.m.); April 8 (6 p.m.); and April 16 (11 p.m.).