A movie based on a science fiction novel that would go on to be considered one of the most notorious modern-day cinematic flops was released on this day in history.
Battlefield Earth was originally a science-fiction novel written by noted author L. Ron Hubbard. An adaptation into film had been tossed around for years, but was finally made with the support of John Travolta, who like Hubbard, was a Scientologist.
The film starred Travolta, along with Barry Pepper and Forest Whitaker, and was set in a future where aliens ruled over a conquered Earth, using humans as slaves.
The movie is considered not only a financial flop, making less than $30 million on an-over-$73 million budget, but was subject to scathing reviews from numerous critics. The film is on the “IMDB Bottom 100” and has an average of just 3% on the review aggregate site, Rotten Tomatoes.
This adaptation only told the tale of half of the book, but the poor performance curtailed plans for a sequel.