If you thought Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Michael Cera, Will Smith and the rest of the Hollywood elite were safe from movie-studio exec Les Grossman's future fiery insults and cutthroat business ethics, think again.
In a press release issued Wednesday (June 9), Paramount Pictures and MTV Films announced the development of a comedy focused on Grossman, the foul-mouthed movie producer played by Tom Cruise in "Tropic Thunder" and at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. Cruise, Ben Stiller and Stuart Comfeld of Red Hour Films are producing the project with "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" screenwriter Michael Bacall tackling the script.
Unsurprisingly, the press release phrases the movie's development as if Grossman were actually a real person — which, of course, he is! Tom Cruise is said to be in talks to portray the media mogul in the film. As for the film's plot, "Grossman" himself explained: "To quote my great friend Kirk Lazarus, 'I don't read the script, the script reads me.' "
"Les Grossman's life story is an inspiring tale of the classic human struggle to achieve greatness against all odds," said Stiller, Grossman's "Tropic Thunder" co-star. "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.' I am honored to be working with him."
Paramount Film Group 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. I am forever grateful to Ben and Stuart Comfeld and their ability to secure his highly coveted life rights."
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