It was obvious that Tom Cruise's Les Grossman "producing" the MTV Movie Awards wasn't just ceremony folks pulling some random character out of the ether to anchor the show around. It's been two years since he popped up in Tropic Thunder, and Les was not exactly on the tips of everyone's tongues. But ah, now he is, the perfect segue for Cruise to tell E!Online backstage at the ceremony: "We're working on [a Les Grossman movie]. We're working on it." The site even says he "beamed" as he said it, in that usual bubbly Cruise way.
Two years ago, we might have beamed. The role offered Cruise a break from the bad tabloid life that plagues him these days. It reminded folks that watching the actor on screen could be fun. Scott even wrote a discussion piece about how funny ol' Tom was, and a movie seemed to be imminent. That December, Cruise was talking about the possibility of future videos, and maybe even a movie, but then there was nothing. It's been a year and a half since then, and movie audiences have moved on.
Personally, it should've been done speedily after Tropic Thunder, riding the surprise. But now? Do any of you really care for a Grossman movie? It could still work, especially if they get that just right script, but it won't have that same gleeful surprise that Cruise elicited back in 2008; the time, place, and surprise held a lot of that character's magic. And what are the chances of a great script if they're after the MTV crowd with dancing and f-bombs? Not very likely.
Let's turn it over to you: Do you want a Les Grossman movie, discerning movie fans?
Update: Paramount has officially announced via press release that they're developing a movie based on Tome Cruise's Les Grossman character. Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) will write the script, and Ben Stiller will produce (and probably take a roll for himself). Here's what Stiller had to say: "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."