Tom Cruise's long-awaited Les Grossman movie looks set to be moving closer to production after screenwriter Michael Bacall revealed he is working on a script which will reveal where the snarling, foul-mouthed, bottom-slapping studio exec's inner rage really comes from.
Grossman first entered the public consciousness when Tom Cruise pulled on a bald wig, dark glasses, padding and a large amount of bling to play him in the 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder. Cruise revived the character for a duet with Jennifer Lopez at the 2010 MTV movie awards and revealed at the time that a big screen outing was in the works. Now Bacall has opened up about his plans for the movie.
"I think people would be disappointed if that character didn't carry around that explosive rage that we associate with him, and that's what makes his performance so enjoyable," the screenwriter told the Hollywood Reporter. "But none of us feel like the movie could sustain what was a 90-minute Les Grossman tirade. So we want to try and get a little bit of a glimpse of where that rage is coming from. The guy will be a force of nature, but we want to have some kind of emotional connection to him."
Bacall, who also wrote Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim Vs the World and the upcoming 21 Jump Street film, said he was excited about Grossman's potential as a lead character, despite the movie producer having only appeared briefly in Tropic Thunder. "I felt really great about that from the beginning because I loved the character," he said. "Tom had an incredible idea on how to tell this story, and give it some real emotion and heart. And as soon as he hit on that idea, it was off to the races. But I feel really good about that project, and I hope that it will happen."
Cruise himself is on a career upturn after Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol became the highest-grossing film in the four-movie spy series earlier this year. The action film, directed by Brad Bird, was also highly praised by critics.