With the success of Tropic Thunder in 2008, a strange thing happened: People forgave Tom Cruise. After building quite a bit of negative press surrounding his extreme views as a Scientologist, and his strange appearance on Oprah Winfrey proclaiming his love for Katie Holmes while jumping on the couch, the role of film executive Les Grossman did quite the 180 for him. While never losing his status as one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, people wondered how seriously Cruise took himself. He proved he wasn’t all stiffness and PR-approved quotes by going wild and having fun with what is arguably the most entertaining character in a film full of entertaining characters.
So after the film made millions at the box office, talk of a Les Grossman-centered sequel began immediately, but it’s been a while (at least a year) since we last heard anything about the project. Now, screenwriter Michael Bacall (21 Jump Street, Project X) has shed some light on the situation when he sat down to talk with Collider:
“Paramount has the draft and I gather that they’re pretty happy with it. I think Tom Cruise probably has a lot of stuff on his plate right now (laughs) and I think it’ll be a schedule thing more than anything.”
He then went on to speak a bit about the content of the script:
“I wrote it for R because we had precedent with Tropic Thunder. It’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 I’m hopeful that that’ll get up and running soon.”
There is still no date for the film to start shooting, but it seems like they’re just waiting for an opening in Tom Cruise‘s busy schedule to get the film in the can. Bacall says he met with both Cruise and Ben Stiller, the man behind Tropic Thunder, so they know what direction he went in, and I’m sure fans are sighing with relief after hearing it was at least written as an R rated comedy, something we get far too little of these days.