There’s talks of a Tropic Thunder Spin-off featuring Les Grossman, I’m not sure if I like the idea. I liked the character cause it was small, I don’t see it working very well as a full movie. Here’s the article from Collider:
Screenwriter Michael Bacall is poised to be in high demand very, very soon. He co-wrote the wonderful Scott Pilgrim vs. The World with Edgar Wright, and he has two high-profile projects set to open weeks apart from each other: the much buzzed about 21 Jump Street and the Todd Phillips-produced Project X. In 2010 he was set to write a spinoff film for Tom Cruiseâ€™s Les Grossman character in Tropic Thunder, but we havenâ€™t heard much about the project in quite some time.
Steve got the chance to sit down with Bacall to talk about 21 Jump Street and Project X, and while weâ€™ll have the full interview up closer to the release of those films we wanted to share with you a few bits regarding the Les Grossman movie right away. Bacall confirmed that he wrote an R-rated script and revealed that itâ€™s actually â€œa pretty heartfelt story.â€ Hit the jump for more.
Regarding the status of the film, Bacall said that itâ€™s more to do with Cruiseâ€™s schedule than a development hold-up:
â€œParamount has the draft and I gather that theyâ€™re pretty happy with it. I think Tom Cruise probably has a lot of stuff on his plate right now (laughs) and I think itâ€™ll be a schedule thing more than anything.â€
The scribe confirmed that he intends for the pic to be R-rated and revealed that weâ€™ll be delving a bit into who Les Grossman is:
â€œI wrote it for R because we had precedent with Tropic Thunder. Itâ€™s actually a pretty heartfelt story. I had a lot of meetings with Mr. Cruise and Mr. Stiller and it was crazy, it was a blast. I think we came up with some really fun stuff to give you an insight into who the guy is, so Iâ€™m hopeful that thatâ€™ll get up and running soon.â€
Though Grossman seemed to be an all-around terrible person in Tropic Thunder, it sounds as though weâ€™ll be getting into why heâ€™s such a despicable human being. I thought Cruise was surprisingly great as Grossman and Iâ€™m eager to see what kind of story Bacall, Cruise and Stiller have cooked up. I also sincerely hope that Bill Hader returns as Grossmanâ€™s right-hand man. The guy has insane comedic range and stole more than a few scenes in Tropic Thunder, so one imagines heâ€™ll be back.
It may be a while before Cruiseâ€™s schedule opens up. Heâ€™s currently filming One Shot, heâ€™s next set to star in Joseph Kosinskiâ€™s sci-fi pic Oblivion, and he recently committed to Doug Limanâ€™s All You Need Is Kill. Hopefully he gets to Les Grossman sooner rather than later, as Iâ€™m excited to see how this project comes together.