One film currently in development that has caught my interest is The Hardy Men, a comedy with Ben Stiller and Tom Cruise attached. The concept sounds like a fun one- the Hardy Boys of the long-running young reader mystery series reunite as grown-ups after years of estrangement to solve some new mystery. Currently, Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller are attached to star in the titular roles, with Stiller’s Night At The Museum director Shawn Levy sitting in the director’s chair.
The film has gone through numerous writers in its decade-plus development, and now another name has been added to that list- Men In Black screenwriter Ed Solomon. Solomon takes over scripting duties from Mr. & Mrs. Smith scribe Simon Kinberg. Kinberg’s draft was a page one rewrite, going in a different direction than what was previously written. Solomon is expected to also be starting over, charting his own story instead of polishing Kinberg’s work.
The team-up of Cruise and Stiller holds some promise. This past summer Cruise surprised a lot of people with his comic turn as a maniacal movie studio chied in Stiller’s Tropic Thunder. Stilller used to poke fun at Cruise on his short-lived, but excellent, The Ben Stiller Show back on Fox in 199 in several sketches including “A Few Good Scouts.”
Via Hollywood Reporter.