If you never saw Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder, his hilarious, off-the-wall antics at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday served as your introduction to Les Grossman.
Now the cutthroat movie producer is getting his own film.
In a press release, Paramount Pictures and MTV Films announced that the development of a comedy focused on the foul-mouthed Grossman was in the works.
Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfield are producing the project.
The press release from MTV phrases the movie’s development as if Cruise's character, with Les himself announcing the new film in typically humble fashion:
“To quote my great friend Kirk Lazarus, ‘I don’t read the script, the script reads me.’”
Tom Cruise/Les Grossman is ready to spank the competition.
Stiller, one of Cruise's Grossman’s Tropic Thunder co-stars, says “He has assured me he plans to, quote, ‘F—ing kill the sh– out of this movie and make “Citizen f—ing Kane” look like a piece-of-crap home movie by the time we are done.’"
That pretty much sums it up right there.
Paramount President Adam Goodman added: “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."
Like Get Him to the Greek, in which Russell Brand reprises his Forgetting Sarah Marshall character Aldous Snow in a starring role, this sounds like a potential hit.
At the very least, it'll help Cruise's image a bit. His popularity has dipped as more people view him as kind of a crazy individual, but he's still a talented, fun guy.