One of the articles described the PSH character as an intellectual...so clearly this is not about hubbard!
Ah, yes, but his spouse, played by Amy Adams, is named Mary Sue.
Coincidence? Or Conspiracy?
Yes, The Mary Sue Dodd character, wife of the lead character, Lancaster Dodd, who we're told is not roughly based on L.Ron Hubbard, has not gone unnoticed. Neither has the film's overall design (also see previous posts in this thread)
(Apparently they nearly lost a very
expensive 65mm movie camera in the bay.)
...maybe its supposed to be a bit like The Athena
(formerly Avon River
) but bigger....
[more Hubbard vessels: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=42985&p=421710
...but not as big as the Apollo [bearing in mind the film's budget]...
Also, there were reported rumours that included instructions to movie staff to play down any link to a scientology-like movement or face being fired.
We did have that leaked early script and nobody from the production marketing dept seems to be telling IMDB
that their synopsis is way off...
A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as "the Master" whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man.
Who really knows though. It being anything to do with a Hubbard scientology-esque movement with a potential Miscavige-esque character is certainly not a mainstream selling point and I think most movie watchers are excited because Paul Thomas Anderson is an epic writer/director, another movie is long overdue, the lead cast is pretty damn fine, and it'll look lush.