Wow. J.D. Shapiro, the original screenwriter for the movie (if you can call it that) Battlefield Earth, APOLOGIZES for his involvement in that fiasco, which was recently tabbed as the WORST movie of the decade by the fine folks at the Razzie Awards.
It's in this piece from popeater.com. No surprise here, what he wrote was HEAVILY re-written to make it the steaming space-turd we all know and loath.
I can still remember the tension headache I had when I watched Battlefield Earth due to all the Dutch tilts in it (basically EVERY scene was shot that way - it was like an all-supervillain episode of the old Adam West Batman TV show). I needed an e-Meter to realign my chakras after that.