Tom Cruise wasn’t kidding when he said talks were underway for a Les Grossman spin-off film just after the character tore up the MTV Music Awards with J-Lo. Paramount has made it official; Grossman is coming back in his own feature and Cruise, along with Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld of Red Hour Films, have locked up lifetime rights the character and will produce the film.
“Everything I learned in this business, I’ve learned from Les,” Adam Goodman, Paramount Film Group President, in a press release issued this afternoon. “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.”
Also getting in on the announcement was Tropic Thunder’s Ben Stiller, who could (and should) appear in the film, and Grossman himself, Cruise. “Les Grossman’s life story is an inspiring tale of the classic human struggle to achieve greatness against all odds,” said Stiller. “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.”
“To quote my great friend Kirk Lazarus, ‘I don’t read the script, the script reads me,” added Cruise as his Grossman persona. Lazarus was an actor played by Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder.
Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) is already on board to write the script. Cruise isn’t signed on to star yet but obviously will need to be for the film to ever get off the ground.