The Church of Scientology recently held a grand opening for Scientology Media Productions, a giant studio complex located on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
The facility cost about $50 million and took five years to build, Forbes reports. Scientology leader David Miscavige intends to use the facility as a production base for Scientology’s most famous member, Tom Cruise, who shot some of his earlier hits like “Days of Thunder” (1990) and “Far and Away” (1992) at the church’s headquarters in Hemet, California. Cruise will reportedly shoot his new Hollywood films at the complex.
There are also plans to use Scientology Media Productions to produce a 24/7 news show. At the grand opening celebration last month, Miscavige told a crowd:
“[A]s the saying goes, if you don’t write your own story, someone else will. So, yes, we’re now going to be writing our story like no other religion in history. And it’s all going to happen right here from Scientology Media Productions… The average young adult spends ten hours of every day on the internet, and someone searches for ‘the meaning of life’ every five seconds, while someone else searches for answers about ‘spirituality’ six times per second. [Scientology Media Productions] will harness the power of every social media outlet imaginable to provide those answers.”