Battlefield Earth Screenwriter Issues Long Overdue Apology


A few weeks back, the fine folks at the Razzies bestowed the coveted title of Worst Picture of the Decade on Battlefield Earth, the sci-fi monstrosity based on L. Ron Hubbard's novel that was even more hated by viewers than by reviewers. You'd think this might not sit well with someone like J.D. Shapiro, who wrote the screenplay. But like Sandra Bullock embracing her award for Worst Actress of the Decade, Shapiro has no shame. He showed up at the Razzies to accept the award in person and now he has issued a full-on apology for the film. It's about time.

In today's New York Post, Shapiro starts off by apologizing to anyone unlucky enough to ever sit through the movie. Then he goes on to blame his penis for introducing him into Scientology and John Travolta for ruining his version of the script, which he says "didn't have slow motion at every turn, Dutch tilts, campy dialogue, aliens in KISS boots, and everyone wearing Bob Marley wigs." But as much as everyone involved in Battlefield Earth is ashamed of it and as much as the viewing public hates it, we're glad it exists. Otherwise there would actually be a debate over the worst movie of all time — Glitter or Gigli.

I penned the suckiest movie ever - sorry! [NYP]