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.
Reader Feedback - 15 Comments
YAY! I am completly confedent this team will deliver the next Get Him to the Greek. Thats a great thing. I coulden't be more excited
movie mike on Jun 9, 2010
This will blow Hollywood off it's tight ass head!!!!
Docteur Baron (a.k.a Lazarus Leonis) on Jun 9, 2010
Once Again Less Grossman = PURE FUCKING WIN!!!!
xaudioprox on Jun 9, 2010
Don't make it too much about Les. If they make it a character piece with him being the central character that ties everything together, thats fine. But if its all this character, start to finish, it'll bomb big time. Le
Al on Jun 9, 2010
Am I the only one that doesn't find this whole gag funny?
germs on Jun 9, 2010
I really can't picture this character working as a full length movie, but, then again, Ben Stiller is a pretty talented guy, so, who knows, maybe he could make it work?
Mega Jet Jaguar on Jun 9, 2010
Why do they bleep out 'shit' but not 'fuck' in the quote? Odd yet HILARIOUS.
Doc norris on Jun 10, 2010
ari gold should make a cameo and get into an arguement with les
indyjack86 on Jun 10, 2010
This will surely work about as well as turning a 3-minute Saturday Night Live sketch into a feature length film.
Cufford on Jun 10, 2010
Low Low Low....
Voice of Reason on Jun 10, 2010
#9 you're right, Blues Brothers and Waynes World were good movies...
Al on Jun 10, 2010
#8 That would be amazing. Call me crazy but I think a half hour show on HBO with good characters around Les would work better than a movie. I know it would never happen but if it did im sure it would be funny.
blowtorch1919 on Jun 10, 2010
Curb your enthusiam style with real and fake actors would be funny. If Les is in every scene (shouting), I don't think it'll have much legs.
Neva Evah on Jun 10, 2010
#11 nice job of turning around what I said, and obviously meant. Ha ha. Very clever!
Cufford on Jun 10, 2010
cause this worked so well with Aldus Snow. I still want to see how this turns out though
silver on Jun 10, 2010
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