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?