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 the U.S. in the year 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 mature by this time). Travolta had 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 30 million USD—its budget was 44 million.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; goooooooooooold! 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 the Razzie for Worst Movie of the 2000s.Can be watched here.
The Battlefield Earth film uses the following tropes: