The MTV Movie Awards can work wonders for a person’s career, just ask Tom Cruise. When he slipped back into the hairy fat suit he sported in Tropic Thunder it set off a series of life changing events. After his showstopping performance as Les Grossman during the ceremony rumors sprung up regarding a possible spin-off, which Paramount is now confirming.
Tom Cruise will not only star in the feature, he’ll also produce alongside Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld of Red Hour Films. The script is being penned by Michael Bacall who worked on this summer’s Scott Pilgrim vs The World.
The weirdest thing about this news is the way the studio packaged it. They have quotes from Grossman talking about his reaction to the film and Paramount’s President is claiming that the “producer” inspired his career. It’s a legit press release but half of it is parody. See for yourself.
Said Ben Stiller: “Les Grossman’s life story is an inspiring tale of the classic human struggle to achieve greatness against all odds. He has assured me he plans to quote, ‘F**king kill the sh*t out of this movie and make Citizen f**king Kane look like a piece of crap home movie by the time we are done.’ I am honored to be working with him.”
When asked what the screenplay was about Grossman responded: “To quote my great friend Kirk Lazarus, ‘I don’t read the script, the script reads me.’”Adam Goodman, Paramount Film Group President said, “Everything I learned in this business, I’ve learned from Les. I started out as his assistant, and from the first day he threw his desk at me when I got his lunch order wrong, I have loved him like a father. I am forever grateful to Ben and Stuart Cornfeld and their ability to secure his highly-coveted life rights,”
What?!! Are they really taking this movie down that path? This character might get run into the ground way before the screenplay is finished. What will they do if Cruise’s latest release Knight and Day bombs at the box office? Will they keep hope alive or kill it on the spot? This sounds kind of premature to me. What do you think?
Are you interested in seeing a Les Grossman movie?