Tom Cruise & Ben Stiller Collaborating on Les Grossman Flick
by Ethan Anderton
June 9, 2010
Though hearing word from Tom Cruise himself about development of a feature film focusing on fictional super producer Les Grossman can be considered pretty official, Paramount took it a step further today via an official press release announcing that Cruise and Ben Stiller (who starred in/directed Tropic Thunder, which was Grossman's debut) will collaborate on the film. We don't usually find it necessary to re-announce news like this, but Paramount's press release treats Grossman like he's a real producer and includes some hilarious quotes from both Stiller and Grossman, who you can just hear yelling these words at your face.
Paramount is obviously pleased with all the hype and buzz surrounding Grossman after he "produced" and appeared at the MTV Movie Awards last weekend. Along with Ben Stiller at his Red Hour Films production banner and Grossman, they're all thoroughly excited about the prospect. Here's what Stiller had 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, 'Fucking kill the sh*t out of this movie and make 'Citizen fucking 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 about the screenplay, Grossman simply responded: "To quote my great friend Kirk Lazarus, 'I don't read the script, the script reads me.'" Whatever the fuck that means. But whether Grossman reads the script or not, writer Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrm vs The World) will be writing one. This project certainly isn't being taken lightly and is close to Paramount president Adam Goodman's heart: "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 & Stuart Cornfeld and their ability to secure his highly-coveted life rights." I think some Oscars are already in order.