About The Production
years of anticipation, L. Ron Hubbard's monumental science fiction epic Battlefield
Earth is coming to the motion picture screen. Long considered a prime story
for the film genre, the grand adventure of Battlefield Earth awaited only
the right script adaptation before everything came together to make it a movie
reality. With a Corey Mandell screenplay, which captures the immense scope and
irrepressible spirit of Hubbard's novel, that time has at last arrived.
Earth production has attracted top talent, making it a keenly anticipated
film, already receiving media coverage a year in advance of its release.
Multiple Academy Award-nominated actor John Travolta has taken on Battlefield
Earth in the capacities of the starring villain and as co-producer.
the picture is two-time Academy Award-winning Roger Christian, who George Lucas
identified as the visionary director who could translate the scale, drama and
vivid spectacle of the Battlefield Earth adventure to the screen. Playing
the hero is Barry Pepper, most familiar to audiences as the memorable sniper in
Steven Spielberg's Academy Award-winning Saving Private Ryan. Cannes Film
Festival Best Actor Award-winning Forest Whitaker, who worked with John Travolta
on Phenomenon, joins the production as Travolta's alien sidekick.
Patrick Tatopoulos, well known from blockbusters such as Independence Day,
has taken on the multiple responsibilities of Production Designer, Creature
Effects Designer and Costume Designer for Battlefield Earth. And
capturing all this through the camera lens, Lucasfilm alumnus Giles Nuttgen is
bringing a distinctive stylistic touch to the cinematography of Battlefield
talents and more make Battlefield Earth the science fiction film event
that fans and media alike are looking forward to.
is being shot in Montreal through the fall of 1999, with nearly three months of
live action filming taking place in several Quebec locations, including wild
mountain exteriors, decaying prisons and ruined factories representing a
desolate Earth of the year 3000. Innovative computer graphic special effects
supervised by Erik Henry (Alien, X-Files) will round out the
impressive model and miniature effect work accomplished by industry veterans
Bill Pearson, whose long list of credits include many of science fiction's major
cinematic successes, and miniature explosion effects creator Joe Viskocil whose
list of credits include a Best Visual Effects Academy Award for his work on Independence
Day. Bringing years of experience to the editing room, Robin Russell (The
Big Hit) fills out the line up of one of the most creative production teams
ever assembled for a major science fiction film.
are Elie Samaha of Franchise Pictures, Jonathan Krane and John Travolta. Battlefield
Earth has been licensed by Author Services, Inc., of Hollywood, who
represent L. Ron Hubbard's literary, theatrical and musical works.
movie Battlefield Earth is scheduled for a summer 2000 release through
Warner Bros. Studios. This site will provide information and insights about many
aspects of the book and the movie. Soon, it will be linked to the Warner Bros.
web site where you will discover more extensive coverage of the movie production
and the talents involved, with updates as the film nears. Meanwhile, check back
here for the latest information! Until the next update,
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