Bacall's handful of acting credits ("Inglourious Bastards," "This Boys Life," "Hey Arnold!" and "The Wonder Years") were followed by his emergence as a screenwriter with 2003's "Bookies" (straight to DVD via Sundance) and 2010's "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (he co-wrote with director Edgar Wright).
Looking forward, Bacall has Paramount's untitled Len Grossman Project with Tom Cruise (inspired by his character in "Tropic Thunder"), which he promises will have "some real emotion and heart," thanks to Cruise; the film's tone should fall somewhere between that of "X" and "21." Bacall tells Cinemablend that "Tom has a lot of knowledge about studio politics. And that was the trick." A draft is with Paramount.
Bacall also has a few projects in development, including remake "The King of Kong" for New Line with writer-director Seth Gordon ("Horrible Bosses"), Universal's "Little Girl Lost" with "50/50" director Jonathan Levine, and pea dispenser comedy "Psycho Funky Chimp" set up at MTV with producer Todd Phillips, which seems to have stalled. Well, it can't ALL be going right.