Friday, April 29, 2011

More Details On ‘The Master,' Plus 1 Page Of The Script

Thanks to an eagle eyed reader we have a little bit of late Friday news for you all. In the new issue of Life & Style magazine of all places, there's an article called "Tom & Scientology Under Fire Again" that suggests that (former Frank T.J. Mackey) Cruise might in some way be responsible for the delays on 'The Master' project. The magazine spoke with a "Hollywood insider" (emphasizing those air quotes) who said, "Producers have been trying to make the film for a while but the project hasn't gotten off the ground. Some have questioned whether Tom and the church have tried to squash it."

They also imply that Jeremy Renner has dropped out of the project because he's co-starring with Cruise in the new Mission: Impossible film (and not because he just signed onto about 4 other franchises). Funny that it hasn't had the same effect on Philip Seymour Hoffman who co-starred with Cruise in the last M:I film. Hmmm.

Despite these baseless, gossipy musings, the magazine does go on to give a few details about the script (which they claim they got as an exclusive peek) as well as publish an actual page. For those who don't want to be spoiled in the slightest, you might want to stop reading now but I'd say spoils are pretty light here.
The movie features a contentious leader who's a science fiction novelist (Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard had the same profession) and happens to be against traditional psychotherapy methods. So what's in the script that has the Church of Scientology quaking in it's boots? Drugging, secret missions, implants and claims of being able to cure leukemia in 36 hours are just a few taboo topics covered in the film. For now, the film is slated for a 2013 release.
Well, that's news to us. You can check out some more slight spoilers in the page of script below. (Thanks Bryan!)

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  1. I guess I'm one of the few who have read the entire script. I please urge you to read this article I wrote on PT Anderson and The Master.

  2. Is this just a page from the first draft that was floating around a year or so ago that has also been floating around my hard drive for roughly the same time? (I held out hope it would get made and didn't want to spoil myself)

    The Life & Style article seems pretty bogus doesn't it?

  3. Haha yeah, same I've read the whole thing like 6 times already. I guess the waiting game continues...

  4. How did you come across the complete script? I don't know if I'd want to read it if I had the chance. But my God, I can't wait till 2013. I can't even wait till 2012.

  5. It's really creepy too how life imitates art, Tom Cruise being The Master and Jeremy Renner being Freddie, taking him under his wing like that. And it's Scientology in both cases, Jesus, it's so 'meta'. Will Renner escape and "make it back to sea" before it's too late?

  6. Yeah, how you guys get a hold of the script?

  7. With a little creative Google'n you'd be amazed at what you can find.