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Forest Whitaker expressed his regret for participating in this movie.
The film's cinematographer has gone on record as saying that the overuse of colour filters and Dutch Angles wasn't his idea, and that he was given the smallest lighting budget he had ever worked with.
Barry Pepper said that had he known he was going to win Worst Supporting Actor at the Razzies, he would have shown up to accept his award in person.
The investor, Intertainment, sued producer Franchise Pictures for fraud. Franchise claimed the budget was $75 million instead of the actual budget of $44 million. Franchise Pictures were sentenced to pay Intertainment $121.7 million in damages and went bankrupt. Intertainment only financed the film because it came as a package deal with The Art of War (2000) and The Whole Nine Yards (2000).
The original plans called for a sequel to be produced, which would be based on second half of the novel by L. Ron Hubbard. These plans were scrapped due to the poor critical and public reaction to this film.
John Travolta referred to this film as "like Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) but better" and "the Schindler's List (1993) of science fiction films" during publicity.
In an interview with Movieline magazine, Barry Pepper said that the food provided on the set wasn't great and that John Travolta decided to summon his personal chef to the movie's Canada location to feed the cast and crew.
Listed among the Top Ten Best Bad Films ever made in "The Official Razzie Movie Guide", by Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson.
John Travolta initially offered the director's seat to Quentin Tarantino, who declined.
There are similarities between what happens to Terl in L Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth and the imprisonment of Xenu that members of Hubbard's religion "Scientology" are taught about when they reach the level "OT III".
Until I Know Who Killed Me (2007) exceeded their record by winning eight Razzies in 2008, 'Battlefield Earth' was tied with Showgirls (1995) for the most Golden Raspberry Award wins in a year: seven. While 'Showgirls' received almost twice as many Razzie nominations, 'Battlefield Earth' "won" in every single category it was nominated at the 2001 Awards. Forest Whitaker was the only nominee to escape without a Razzie (for Worst Supporting Actor; Barry Pepper won). 'Battlefield Earth' also went on to win special Razzies for Worst Drama of Our First 25 Years (2005) and Worst Picture of the Decade (2010).
John Travolta's contract for this movie had him take a large up-front pay cut from his usual fee, to around $10 million, with incentives that would have paid him about $15 million more when and if the movie met standards at the North American box office. Unfortunately, the film fell short of these standards.
Alternative newspaper Mean Magazine obtained a copy of the film's shooting script at the end of 1999, months before the film's release. The writers at Mean sent copies of the script to major Hollywood production companies with a fake title and writer (Dark Forces by Desmond Finch) to see what kind of response it would get. Unanimously, production companies declared it silly, ham-fisted, shallow, and in one case, "as entertaining as watching a fly breathe."
J.D. Shapiro admitted that he got involved at first because he read that the Scientology centre was "a great place to pick up women", and it snowballed from there.
Almost every shot in the film is at a dutch angle, because, according to Roger Christian, he wanted the film to look like a comic book.
When the book was first written, John Travolta wanted to make the movie, and star as Johnny Goodboy, the young hero, however he could get no investors to back him because of the project's association with Scientology. By the time the movie was made he was too old to play the part of the hero and, instead, opted to play the part of the villain, Terl.
Author L. Ron Hubbard is the founder of the controversial Church of Scientology, to which John Travolta and Kelly Preston belong.
In a somewhat controversial means of promoting this film, star John Travolta made the usual publicity rounds but, instead of discussing the film in interviews, he signed copies of L. Ron Hubbard's book.
The film covers only the first half of the L. Ron Hubbard book.
John Travolta's theatrical agency William Morris was also said to be unenthusiastic about the film, reportedly leading to Travolta threatening to leave them if they did not help him to set up the film.
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J.D. Shapiro, the first screenwriter, openly apologized for this film, and even personally received the film's Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Movie of the Decade, 2000-2009.
Tom Cruise was said to have warned Warner Bros. that he thought the movie was a bad idea. This was later denied by his spokesperson.
J.D. Shapiro wanted to be credited under the pseudonym "Sir Nick Knack" but was unable to due to WGA rules. He then wanted to not be credited at all but his agent and attorney talked him out of it.
George Lucas recommended Roger Christian as director. He was the second unit director on Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), the art director on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and directed _Black Angel (1980)_qv, a short film commissioned by Lucas to be shown before theatrical screenings of _Star Wars - Episode V : The Empire Strikes Back (1980)_ during its original release in the UK.
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John Travolta's makeup proved challenging. He wore a head apparatus, talons for hands and amber eyes. In addition, he walked on 4 foot stilts.
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Barry Pepper blamed the film's failure on "a weak script and poor production values". He claimed that John Travolta's paycheck took most of the budget.
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L. Ron Hubbard's original novel is over 1000 pages long.
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John Travolta had both a sequel and an animated series planned even before the film was released.
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The script originally had the Psyclos jumping into vats of oil. This was changed to them lounging around.
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John Travolta and Kelly Preston wrote the latter's cameo scene themselves.
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Director Roger Christian only had 21 million dollars to make the actual film.
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The film had a toyline by Trendmasters. It was one of their last.
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The girl Jonnie gives food to first is Roger Christian's daughter.
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According to the commentary, the prison food is actually a mixture of peas, potatoes and spring greens.
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It was Barry Pepper's idea that Johnnie insist that everyone eat after the prison fight. Originally, he was going to give food to his beaten opponent. Pepper felt the scene as originally written was cliched.
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It is 45 minutes into the film before we find out Johnnie's name.
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The initial version of the screenplay by J.D. Shapiro was less serious and a much looser adaptation of the original novel. The producers, and John Travolta in particular, wanted a more faithful version than Shapiro had written (in addition to more action scenes), and he soon left the project. Corey Mandell was then hired and delivered a screenplay much more along the lines of what the producers were asking for, and most of the advertising materials credited Mandell alone for the screenplay, although Shapiro was later awarded joint credit by the WGA.
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Despite the film's critical failure, John Travolta has gone to publicly defend it. He even said that if they were to make it again, that he would do it.
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The film was reported to have been the most expensive production shot in Canada up to that point. It was also reported that the production costs would have been twice as high had the film been shot in the United States.
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Production went on so long that John Travolta turned down The Shipping News (2001) and postponed production on Standing Room Only (2003).
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The film takes place in 3000.
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The Psychlos resembles the Klingons from Star Trek (1966).
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The film was released 18 years after the novel was published.
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Originally, the film was going to be made in the early 1980s and was going to be made into 2 films with John Travolta playing Jonnie Goodboy Tyler and the first film was planned to be released in 1983. But, the project was canceled due to rising costs.
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A Battlefield Earth 2 was planned and was set for a 2003 release, so it could not compete with Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) with John Travolta, Barry Pepper and Forrest Whittaker returning in their roles. But, due to the film being a Box Office disaster, the sequel was abandoned.
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There are lots of middle-wipes.
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