"When you were still learning how to spell your name, I was being trained to conquer galaxies!"
The film version of L. Ron Hubbard
's Science Fiction
novel Battlefield Earth
was released in America on May 12, 2000, directed by Roger Christian and starring John Travolta
as Psychlo leader Terl (he originally wanted to play the part of the book's hero, Jonnie "Goodboy" Tyler, but that role eventually went to Barry Pepper
because Travolta was too old by this time). Travolta, a self-proclaimed Hubbard fan, always wanted to do the film for a long time, but had trouble securing money for it because of studios' apprehension to bankroll the film due to its connections with the real life Church of Happyology
. He later poured most of his own money into the project and signed on as a co-producer, and the rest... well, is history.
After MGM and Fox Studios turned down offers to distribute the film, it was eventually picked up by Franchise Pictures, a company known for helping stars rescue their troubled pet projects. To this day, it has yet to gross $30M — its budget was $44M.
The film covers the first half of the doorstopper
book: The Psychlos come to Earth, beat the humans in about 9 minutes, and establish an outpost here. They are here for gold—Goooooooooooooooooooooold!
—the rarest and most valuable ore in the universe, it seems. Jonnie leads a band of slaves to rise up against their masters. Travolta is still intent
on having the second half of the book produced.
Has the dubious honor of winning nine Razzies
— a record that stood until 2012's Jack and Jill
, which won one more — including the Worst Movie of 2000 and Worst Movie of the Decade, 2000-2009.
While you were still learning how to SPELL YOUR NAME, Battlefield Earth was being trained to apply these tropes!