answer: The film rights to Battlefield Earth would have been sold to the production company making the movie. The amount that would have been paid on a book/deal like that is very little, at most (I would venture an educated guess) in the range of $200,00, mainly because Author Services would have probably had an ego-bloated, inflated "asking price" of $1M. But reality would have set in and they would have backed off those hallucinogenic numbers in order to help get the movie made. Remember, the other premier LRH literary properties Mission Earth and Battle Beyond The Stars never even got as far as a production deal. Nobody (on this planet) was willing to make ANY kind of deal on those, so that is the best barometer of how hard it would be to get an LRH property into a movie deal. That's why i say that the film rights to BE would have been sold for whatever they could get in order to not impede the film starring Travolta from getting made.