It’s official! Les Grossman: The Movie

Paramount Pictures have announced that they will produce a film based on the character of Les Grossman, as featured in Ben Stiller‘s Tropic Thunder and played by Tom Cruise.

The Untitled Les Grossman Project will be produced by both Cruise and Stiller, who managed to “acquire” the life rights of the volatile film producer. Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) will pen the screenplay.

There have been rumblings about a Les Grossman film since Tropic Thunder debuted in 2008. Speculation intensified after Cruise reprised the Grossman character at last weekend’s MTV Movie Awards. I am a big fan of Cruise (yes, even throughout all the craziness) and am pretty much excited for any project of his. And even though I loved Tropic Thunder and his performance as Les, I remain a little apprehensive as to whether his character can sustain a whole film.

I’ll hand it over to the official press release for more details (courtesy of Slashfilm).

HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 9, 2010) – Paramount Pictures and MTV Films announced today that they are set to develop a movie around mega-producer Les Grossman. The announcement comes on the heels of Grossman’s groundbreaking and visionary production of the soon-to-be Emmy® award-winning 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.

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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