Cruise & Stiller Are Still ‘Hardy Men’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 16th, 2013 at 1:11 am,

It’s been a while since we discussed the Tom Cruise/ Ben Stiller team-up for  The Hardy Men, a big screen comedy about the infamous fictional teenage detectives The Hardy Boys.

However, director Shawn Levy is stating that the film is very much in active development and it looks like it is moving closer (albeit slowly) to the big screen.

The last news that we heard about the film, which is  based on the series of Hard Boys novels penned by various  authors under the pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon was that Men In Black scribe Ed Soloman was writing the script – but that was almost a year ago!

Levy has spoke to Starpulse about the film, and the issues which have slowed down its journey to cinema screens.

When Levy spoke to Starpulse about the film’s genesis he said:

“Yes, I saw how well Ben and Tom got along and that’s what gave me the idea of wait a second, I’ve got to do a movie with them together. Wait a second, let’s do The Hardy Men with them together. That brainchild came about because I saw their chemistry as friends.”

The director then went on to discuss the challenges of making a film with two big movie stars:

“Developing a movie for a movie star is hard. Developing a movie for two movie stars is a very, very challenging enterprise. The bull’s eye is small and the tone has to be exactly right. So we are still working on it.”

However, he also added that the script for the film is far from complete and that they still don’t have a satisfactory central mystery:

“We have tried several. No, we have not locked in on one.”

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I loved the Hardy Boys novels as a kid, and always thought that they’d be ripe for a big screen adaptation (although, in my mind’s eye, I always saw Matt Damon and Ben Affleck starring). Having said that, I feel that Stiller and Cruise are inspired casting choices – as anyone who has seen Tropic Thunder and the Mission: Impossible skit Mission: Improbable can attest to.

More on The Hardy Men when we get it!

Source: Starpulse

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  1. I think this could be amazing!

  2. If he is half as funny as he was in Tropic Thunder, it will succeed.

  3. Yes it is true. They are HARDLY MEN !!!! The mystery who is taller and who has a pen** ! Why make another pathetic excuse for a movie? Give the world a break!

  4. I thought Stiller was the weakest character in Tropic Thunder.


  5. I agree Vic, Lincoln Osiris saved the flick, along with the cameos. It was just a little too long, but I’ve seen it about ten times now.

  6. sounds cool, but does everything after to be in comedy form? starsky hutch sucked as did hazzard and so on. how about making magnum pi a comedy? stuuuuuUUUpiiiid!

  7. @Niall..

    You are right. Affleck and Damon would be SO much better for these roles than Cruise and Stiller. Not that I don’t like those guys, but they really don’t seem like the Hardy Boys I remember reading (and watching) as a kid. What’s next? Seth Rogen as Chet Morton? Affleck and Damon could be serious and bring some humor without making it a zany Stiller comedy.

  8. I don’t know if I really see these guys as the Hardy Boys…I mean – I ADORE Stiller; he’s totally hilarious, and Tropic Thunder and its faux documentary, Rain of Madness, are two of the funniest things ever committed to film.

    But they had better tread lightly on something as sacred ground as the Ol’ Hardy Boys. Matt Damon can morph himself into any role he wants. He would be perfect…Ben Affleck, perhaps, if only for the chemistry he has with his pal.

  9. And I have to admit (although it is difficult) that Tom Cruise surprised me when he was as funny as he was in Tropic Thunder. He was mint. That said…I’m not sold on them as the dynamic duo to helm this flick.

  10. -Billychic-
    It’s Hardy’MEN’ not boys! The movie is going to be a comic caper as opposed to a detective mystery.

    I, for one would like to see a Hardy Boys movie with young actors recreating the magic of the books! Although who actually would suit the roles of Frank and Joe?
    Michael Angarano,Kevin Zegers, Nicholas Hoult,Andrew Garfield, etc. come to mind. If the studio wants star power they could even go with Shia LaBeouf(uh oh) or dare I say Zac Efron(shudder)!

    At any rate it would be a risky endevour which could work with a fair script but then again that goes for all the movies!

  11. Hersh, good point!

    However, other times people have tried to do a comic caper and it’s failed miserably…but, given that – yeah, if anyone can make it funny, Stiller can.

    I think Rob Downey Jr. would be a better choice as his sidekick. Just watching the rehearsal reels of Tropic shows how much fun those two can have together…not that Stiller and Cruise can’t whoop it up.

  12. Hardy MEN? I’m thinking grown up Hardy Boys, out of shape, and just kind of out of style… and then there’s a mystery that needs solving! Sounds like good fun to me, if that’s the route that they’re taking when they use the word “Men”.