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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I was not looking forward to seeing the big screen version of “The A-Team.” The original TV show from the ‘80s, while not a great work of art, was an amusing snapshot of its era and must be left alone. So to my surprise, I found the movie entertaining and enjoyable.
Credit goes to the main cast. Liam Neeson (“Taken”), showing his great sense of humor, stars as the master planner and leader of the pack named Hannibal Smith. Bradley Cooper (“The Hangover”) also shines as Templeton “Face” Peck, who can procure anything for the Team’s daring missions. Read More...
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Marvel Studios announced that Stanley Tucci is joining the cast of "Captain America: The First Avenger" opposite Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Hugo Weaving, and Hayley Atwell. Tucci will play the role of Dr. Abraham Erskine.
In Marvel lore, Dr. Erskine is a world-famous biologist and physicist who invented the Super Soldier serum given to Steve Rogers aka Captain America.
Joe Johnston is set to direct the film from the scipt by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. "Captain America: The First Avenger" will be distributed by Paramount Pictures and will open in the U.S. on July 22, 2011.
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"The Proposal's" Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, along with director Anne Fletcher, writer Pete Chiarelli and producers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are reuniting for the action comedy "Most Wanted" according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Bullock will play a criminal suspect while Reynolds will star as an FBI agent in-charge of escorting her to court. But when the two get ambushed, the criminal and the agent are forced to go on the run.
"Most Wanted" is supposed to be in the vein of "Midnight Run," the 1988 action comedy starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin.
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His Les Grossman character is one of Tom Cruise's most memorable characters so it's no big surprise that the actor is working on a feature film devoted solely to the dancing and snaky studio executive.
First seen in 2008's "Tropic Thunder," Cruise revealed to E! Online that he's hoping for a Les Grossman movie. "We're working on it," Cruise told E!. "Yup, we're working on it."
Hhhmmm, maybe it's time for Cruise to ask the help of "Tropic Thunder's" Ben Stiller (director and co-writer), and co-writers Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen.
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