Yesterday, we told you that E! caught up with Tom Cruise at the MTV Movie Awards and he was hoping for a movie project revolving around his adorably snarky studio executive character, Les Grossman.
Well, it's now official! Paramount Pictures and MTV Films have announced that they are set to develop a movie around the Grossman character, first seen in "Tropic Thunder."
This announcement was made right after Grossman's scene-stealing shenanigans at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards Sunday night. Tom Cruise, along with Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld of Red Hour Films will produce and have secured the life rights to Grossman.
Cruise is in talks to play the character and Michael Bacall (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”) will write the script.
True to the spoof nature of the character, the rest of the press release from Paramount made it seem like Grossman was a real person, having mentored "Twilight" actors like Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner! Yeah, take that Jerry Bruckheimer!
Read on, and laugh, it's oddly compelling:
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."
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