Earlier this week, we reported that Tom Cruise had been quoted confirming rumors of a feature-length film involving his Tropic Thunder character, Les Grossman. Today, Paramount Pictures and MTV Films announced that they are indeed set to develop said movie.
Here are a few selections from today’s press release:
Grossman, best known as a mega producer, has most recently mentored talents such as Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. In 2008, Grossman was introduced to the masses by Stiller in the comedy “Tropic Thunder” where the famed producer had a cameo playing himself.
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,”
Tom Cruise is said to be in talks to portray Grossman in the film.
Cruise, along with Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld of Red Hour Films will produce the film. Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) is set to write the screenplay.
Do you think this film will be better than Tropic Thunder?