Scientology Doc Maker Claims Church Now Making Film About Him

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Courtesy of Sundance International Film Festival

BBC Films' Louis Theroux's upcoming theatrical debut, 'Stairway to Heaven,' explores Scientology.

Louis Theroux, the highly respected BBC documentary maker who has covered the likes of U.S. prisons, the Westboro Baptist Church and Fresno’s crystal meth problem in a career spanning two decades, may soon experience having the cameras turned back on himself.

The filmmaker’s first theatrical feature, the upcoming Stairway to Heaven with BBC Films, sees Theroux delve into what he describes as the “Holy Grail of stories,” the Church of Scientology. But he has now revealed that the church is responding with its own documentary about him.

In a tweet posted on Thursday, Theroux said that he’d “just been informed by Scientology lawyers that Scientology is working on a documentary about me,” adding that he was a “little bit excited; little bit nervous.”

The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to the church — which has already been battling Alex Gibney’s far higher profile HBO documentary Going Clear — for confirmation of its Theroux documentary. No response has yet been offered.