Paramount Officially Announces Les Grossman Movie Starring Tom Cruise

When Tom Cruise appeared in a promo for the MTV Movie Awards last week as Les Grossman, the douchey studio exec that he played in Tropic Thunder, it got a lot of people talking. Cruise / Grossman later appeared on stage at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday as well, leading to speculation that there may be something more going on with the character… his own movie perhaps? Cruise was quick to feed the rumours, and in fact, he and Ben Stiller had mentioned the possibility of a Les Grossman spin-off back in 2008 when Cruise earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. Today, we now have confirmation: Paramount and MTV Films are officially developing a feature film based on the life of fictional mega-producer Les Grossman.

In a press release from Paramount Pictures, it was revealed that Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld will produce, while Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street) will pen the script. Stiller had this to say:

“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.”

Well I certainly didn’t expect this announcement to come so soon, but I think the project makes a lot of sense. Tom Cruise needs to continue to let people see him as an actor that doesn’t take himself too seriously, and Tropic Thunder was successful enough to warrant a spin-off. Here’s to hoping that Matthew McConaughey makes an appearance as agent Rick Peck as well. Do you like the idea of a Les Grossman movie, or is this joke already way past its expiration date?

  • bard

    This is going to be the worst comedy ever. I’d rather watch another Epic Movie style comedy than this crap.

    Not only was Tropic Thunder not funny, that end scene was like a night cap showing how unfunny they are.

    Cannot believe that this is being made. Anyone who thinks this is funny…. just, I don’t know, don’t talk to me.

  • Rock bottom.

  • Here’s an idea Hollywood free of charge: If you’re obliviously soooooo obsessed with only making movies with some type of BRAND, any brand, to the point of jumping on any secondary character that gets any traction. (In this case, manufactured by reusing Tom’s character in cross platform events) And before you even have a script!? Take a character from one of the great original screenplays (that has no brand) you have in “turn-around” give it to a star as a staged character for some other shit film, or award show, BOOM you have a brand for that original screenplay you’ve spent millions on developing but don’t HAVE THE BALLS TO SUPPORT AND GREENLIGHT!!!!

  • Space Bandito

    Would have preferred Tropic Thunder 2. He was funny in that role, but not feature length funny.

  • Brendan

    I think part of the reason people liked his performance was because it was unexpected, and it was a supporting role. Once the surprise is gone and he’s front and center for the whole film, it’s likely the gag will fall flat.

  • David

    It depends entirely on the script. There really isn’t much else to say.

  • Ranger Tom

    The best thing I can say is that at least it’s not another F^#king remake. Even if it’s a weak spin off of another flick, it’s still concept that I’ve maybe not seen (in the words of Jay Cheel) a Million f@$king times. Here’s to hoping, but my expectations are not too high.

  • Sven

    I would really like this to be mockumentary-style. Just have a camera-crew follow him around for a few weeks while he’s working on some fake-movie, showing how he interacts with people on set and the crew.

    But it looks like they want to do a biopic? Worst direction for this..

  • pcch7

    Tom Cruise is awesome.. He was the best thing in Tropic Thunder.. I´ll watch it

  • With Stiller producing I have faith. This really could turn into a pretty viscious commentary on Hollywood, which is about the only way to take that character that’s worth a damn.

  • rob

    most people don’t even know who this guys is?!!?
    Barely anyone will have seen his thing on MTV

    and i only remember his character from Tropic Thunder because of everyone mentioning it after the fact because its Tom Cruise.

    A tropic thunder 2 would be much better although i cant imagine how it would work
    but then again that should be down to the writers of hollywood to use their imagination

  • kyriacos

    This will be the tombstone for TommyC dying carrier..


  • kyriacos

    If I was Tom Cruise I would First Do some vein-pumping Bodybuilding and then Try out some villain roles in movies like Collateral and Magnolia. Then if none of these work, I would try some Stallone – Schwarzenegger action movies, again as a villain and finally if NOTHING works maybe consider trying this shit. I don’t think there is a way back from this..

  • kyriacos

    The only way for this to work is to have a scene at the end of the movie in where Les Grossman shoots himself in the head..

  • Maopheus

    From the way the quote from Stiller sounded, he’s treating Grossman as if he was a real person which would sugggest mockumentary which would be the best way to present him. I don’t think it’s going to hurt Cruise nor do I think it will help a lot. He’s kind of in the same situation as a lot of aging ’80’s box-office stars trying to find a new aspect to their careers. In the case of Cruise he has a lot more work to do. Whether he will ever fully resurrect his career and reputation is unknown and he may never be able to. But I say, give him a shot.

  • Steve

    The whole point of the Grossman thing was that you had no idea who he was, laughed then found out it was Tom Cruise.

    Turning this into a full-movie is a bad idea. It’s like making a Sixth Sense sequel once the twist has been used.