Most people probably recognize Michael Bacall from his recent roles in the films of Quentin Tarantino. But when he’s not ordering drinks in Death Proof or killing Nazis in Inglorious Basterds, Bacall is fashioning himself into quite the prolific screenwriter. Bacall co-wrote Scott Pilgrim vs. The World with Edgar Wright and, at the press junket for that film, talked a little bit about two highly anticipated films he’s currently working on: 21 Jump Street with Jonah Hill and the untitled Les Grossman project with Tom Cruise. Hit the jump for the updates.
Bacall mentioned that he had been working on a narrative adaptation of The King of Kong, but sort of brushed that aside to talk about 21 Jump Street. He described it as “John Hughes meets Bad Boys” and said “it’s about a couple of dudes who haven’t quite worked out their emotional issues from high school, going back to high school.”
He then said that there isn’t even an outline, let alone a script, for the Grossman movie yet. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t working on it.
“I’m working on the Les Grossman movie for Tom Cruise which is a blast and totally insane,” Bacall said. “We’re talking about the story right now, so we definitely have a direction we are going with it which I’m really, really excited about. The amazing thing about working with Tom is you realize when your talking to him he’s worked with some of the most amazing filmmakers in the world and he’s definitely absorbed in it so it’s exciting.”
When asked if Grossman would have to get out of the office in this story, Bacall hesitantly, and directly answered, “Yes.”
Keep checking back here for more interviews and tidbits from the press junket, and don’t forget that Scott Pilgrim vs. The World opens nationwide on August 13th.