Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology now have a state-of-the-art $50 million movie studio designed to create movies and “Scientology CNN”-type news broadcasts.
On Tuesday, the church announced the opening of the new studio in Los Angeles that supporters say not only rivals but beats out Paramount Studios, according to the Daily Mail.
A statement from the “Scientology Media Productions” says it will be the location for Cruise to shoot his latest Hollywood films. (RELATED: Tom Cruise ‘Freaking Out’ Over These Wild Scientology Accusations)
Church leader David Miscavige has promised that the new media outlet will allow the church to “recruit more followers” and give it a way to reach “billions” of people around the world.
“Our uncorrupted communication line to the billions,” he said. “Because as the saying goes, if you don’t write your own story, someone else will.”
Former church spokesperson Mike Rinder argued that the studio will never be used and say it is only a fundraising opportunity to “persuade people to give them money.”
“They don’t need this new base, so the question becomes why,” he said.” It’s just a fundraising ploy, to buy real estate, to persuade people to give them money, and if they can come up with the concoction that this is the next great thing to tell the world about Scientology, then all the better.”
“There’s ten of millions now being spent, but it will be just another empty building.”