There were plenty of reasons to love Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder when it came out in 2008 — for starters, it’s just really freaking funny — but one of the film’s most pleasant surprises was an inspired turn by Tom Cruise as hotheaded studio exec Les Grossman. The performance came at a time when Cruise’s popularity had dropped to an all-time low, thanks to his off-putting Scientology rants and his whackadoodle declarations of love for Katie Holmes. It’s no exaggeration to say Les Grossman helped to put Cruise back in the public’s good graces.

Not surprisingly, talk of a Les Grossman spinoff began swirling soon afterward. Actual progress on the film has been kinda slow, however, and it’s been a while since we’ve heard much about it. We still don’t know when cameras will roll or what the plot will be, but screenwriter Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) recently dropped a bit of info about what to expect from the film whenever it finally happens. Read his comments after the jump.

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What will Tom Cruise do next? He’s finishing the fourth Mission: Impossible film now, and will soon shoot a part in Rock of Ages, so it’ll soon be time to settle on another project. There was a good chance that he would have been in Guillermo del Toro’s film At the Mountains of Madness, but that one is now off the boards. There is word that he is interested in Joseph Kosinski’s film Oblivion that was recently cut loose by Disney and is looking for a new studio home, but that one has a few more steps to take before it can be a reality.

One possible film is the Les Grossman Tropic Thunder spin-off. That one now has a completed script, says comedian Bill Hader. Read More »

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In this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley praise the directorial talents of the Duplass Brothers, decry the way the Hollywood system objectifies women, appreciate the low-budget directing talents of Vincenzo Natali, and fail to get excited for a Les Grossman film. Special guest Katey Rich joins us from Cinema Blend.

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Les Grossman Movie Officially Happening

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After his appearance(s) in conjunction with the recent MTV Movie Awards, there was speculation that Tom Cruise is developing a film based on his Tropic Thunder character Les Grossman. Cruise confirmed that something was in the works, and now we’ve got official word from Paramount that a film, the Untitled Les Grossman Project, is in fact in development.

Cruise is producing and will star. Based on the press release, which features quotes from Ben Stiller, it’s safe to guess that Stiller will be in the film as well. There’s no director set at this point, but Michael Bacall, co-writer of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, will write the script. Check the full press release after the break. Read More »

Tom Cruise Working on a Les Grossman Movie

You want a Les Grossman film. You may not have realized that, but it’s true. Tom Cruise knows you want a Les Grossman film. He knows that his pudgy, balding, egocentric turn in Tropic Thunder is the most popular thing he’s done in years, and so — in true modern Hollywood fashion — he’s working on a way to spin the character off into his own movie. Read More »

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